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Food Program Topic Listing

Food Facility Program - Food ProgramThis State-mandated program emphasizes illness prevention by providing three to four annual inspections of all retail food facilities in the City.  Follow-up inspections also occur when a facility does not meet the minimum standards of the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code).  Retail food facilities inspected include restaurants, bars, markets, food carts, coffee shops, bakeries, meat markets, farmer's markets, flea market (swap meet), boarding houses (fraternities and sororities), vending machines, food vending vehicles, licensed health care facilities, and schools (public and private).  [more...]

Construction Guide for Food Facilities - [more...]

Food Booths at Temporary Events - Division of Enviromental Health: Temporary Food EventsPermits are required for food booths at special events in Berkeley.  Event coordinators also receive information about food booth construction, monitoring requirements and safety standards.  Environmental Health coordinates these services with other City departments such as Public Works, Parks and the Berkeley Police. [more...]

Food Illness - Division of Environmental Health: MicrobesCurrently featured are two common agents of bacteria illness.  Other bacteria and agents of disease will be featured in the future. [more...]

Food Safety - Minimum Safe Cooking Temperatures [more...]

Online  Food Facility Inspection Results - The Division of Environmental Health conducts annual routine inspections of  all food establishments in the city that includes: restaurants, markets, deli's and liquor stores. This website was designed to educate and inform the public of the current health status of your favorite eating establishment.  You can also follow these methods to protect food you prepare at home for your family. [more...]

Plan Check - Division of Environmental Health: PlancheckThe Health and Safety Code (H&SC) requires that plans are reviewed for new or remodeled food and pool facilities by a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.  Consultation occurs as part of the process to check the facility for code compliance.  Many plan checks are conducted each year with the resulting construction inspection completed by Environmental Health staff prior to opening. [more...]

Styrofoam (Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging) - Division of Environmental Health: Food in Styrofoam Containers

The Berkeley Municipal Code, Chapter 11.60. prohibits the use of styrofoam in restaurants in the City of Berkeley.  The Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) responds to complaints, takes enforcement action, and interprets and clarifies polystyrene foam food packaging guidelines. [more...]

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