Food Publications

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Is your local farmers market currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions?  Looking for ways to support your local farms and still get your fresh produce? Here is a list of farms fulfilling orders for pick up, and some offer delivery.

California Emergency Food and Food Benefits Information. *NEW*

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Effective March 19, 2020: To slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will be temporarily closing all public lobby spaces effective Friday, March 20th. To ensure our customer’s needs are being met, DEH will be going to a virtual business process until further notice. 
 

 RECENT UPDATES - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY


On the evening of May 20, 2020, the Governor approved the county of San Diego's request to proceed with modified onsite dining throughout the San Diego region. 

Prior to implementing onsite dining, please review the resources below and modify your food facility operations to meet the COVID-19 prevention measures listed in the San Diego Safe Onsite Dining Plan and San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol. A copy of your Restaurant Operating Protocol does not need to be submitted to the County; just complete, sign and post it in your facility.

For those restaurants currently operating in a take-out fashion and keeping operations the same, your previously posted protocols suffice. For those operators who wish to expand operations or re-open operations to allow for limited onsite dining, complete and post the Restaurant Operating Protocol.

San Diego Safe Onsite Dining Plan – Review guidance for implementing key prevention measures.
San Diego Restaurant/Food Facility Operating Protocol – Fill out, print and post at a public entrance. 
Guidance for Food Facility Re-Openings  – Guidance checklist to help you with re-opening.
San Diego Safe Dining Posters – Print and display these posters at all entrances to the facility.
State Guidance for Dine-in Restaurants – Review guidance for additional optional measures.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about business practices for those who serve Alcohol.

SPANISH:
Plan de Comida Segura para Restaurantes e Instalaciones de Comida (UPDATED 05/26/20)
Protocolo Operativo para Restaurantes e Instalaciones de Comida (UPDATED 05/26/20)
Carteles de comidas seguras en San Diego

ARABIC:
خطة تناول الطعام الآمنة للمطاعم والمنشآت الغذائية
بروتوكول تشغيل المطعم ومنشأة الغذاء
ملصقات طعام آمنة

FARSI:
برنامه ناهار خوری ایمن در محل برای رستوران ها و امکانات غذایی
پروتکل عملیاتی رستوران / تأسیسات غذایی
پوسترهای ناهار خوری ایمن

MANDARIN (CHINESE):
餐廳/食品設施的安全現場就餐計劃
餐飲設施操作章程
安全餐廳海報

JAPANESE:
レストラン/食品関連施設向けの現地安全食事計画
におけるレストラン/食品関連施設運営に関する手順書
安全な食品ポスター 

VIETNAMESE:
Kế hoạch an toàn ăn uống tại chỗ  cho các nhà hàng /cơ sở thực phẩm
Giao Thức Điều Hành Nhà Hàng / Cơ Sở Thực Phẩm 
Áp phích ăn uống an toàn

KOREAN:
식당 / 음식 시설을위한 안전한 현장 식사 계획
식당 / 식품 시설 운영 프로토콜
안전한 다이닝 포스터

TAGALOG:
Ligtas na Plano Para sa Mga Restawran na Mayroong Kainan
Panuntunan ng Pagpapatakbo ng Restawran o Pasilidad ng Pagkain
Karatula Para Sa Kaligtasan Sa Lugar Ng Kainan o Restawran

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SOMALI:
Qorshe Cunno Amni ah ee makhaayadaha / Xarumaha Cunnada
Borotokoolka makhaayadda / Cuntada Ku Shaqeysa Xarunta Cuntad
Boostada Qolka Nabdoon

 

 CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES


If you have questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please contact:

Call 2-1-1
Email 211 San Diego - 211help@211sandiego.org
Website for 211 San Diego - https://211sandiego.org
Email County staff - COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov


For up to date information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.


Health Officer Orders Impacting Food Facilities: Questions and Answers 
CDC - What Grocery and Food Retail Workers Need to Know about COVID-19  
Charitable Feeding Operations During COVID-19

Order of the Health Officer
San Diego County Public Health Order 
County of San Diego Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol Form - English
Plantilla de Plan de Distanciamiento Social para los Negocios - Spanish
فاصله گیری اجتماعی و پروتوکول حفظ الصحه - Farsi 
بروتوكول التباعد الاجتﻤﺎعي والصرف الصحي - Arabic  

General Disinfection Guidance - English  
Guía de Desinfección - Spanish
消毒指南 - Mandarin (Chinese)
HƯỚNG DẪN TIỆT TRÙNG - Vietnamese
GABAY SA PAGDISEMPEKTA - Tagalog
راهنمای ضدعفونی کردن - Farsi 
دليل التطهير 
- Arabic
消毒ガイダンス - Japanese 
살균 지침 - Korean 
TILMAANTA JEERMIS DILAHA - Somali  *NEW* 
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- Karen  *NEW* 


Food Facility Disinfection Guidance - English  
Guía para Establecimientos de Comida - Spanish
食品處理中心指南 - Mandarin (Chinese)
HƯỚNG DẪN CHO CƠ SỞ THỰC PHẨM - Vietnamese
GABAY SA MGA PASILIDAD NG PAGKAIN - Tagalog
راهنمای مراکز تهیه غذا - Farsi
توجيه المنشآت الغذائية 
- Arabic  
食品施設のご案内 - Japanese 
식품 시설 지침 - Korean 


3RD PARTY FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Food Safety Guidance for 3rd Party Food Delivery Service Providers
 *NEW* 


RESTAURANTS AND CATERERS
- Food Safety During Transport and Deliveries - English
Guia para restaurantes y los proveedores de comida -
Como Proteger la Seguridad de la Comida durante Transporte / Entregas a Domicilio
 - Spanish
餐廳及餐飲業指南 - 在運輸/交付過程中保護食品安全 - Mandarin (Chinese)
HƯỚNG DẪN CHO NHÀ HÀNG VÀ DICH VỤ CUNG CẤP THỰC PHẨM -
AN TOÀN THỰC PHẨM TRONG HOÁ TRÌNH VẬN TẢI/GIAO HÀNG  - Vietnamese
PATNUBAY PARA SA RESTAWRAN AT TAGAPAGLAAN NG PAGKAIN -
PAG PROTEKTA SA KALIGTASAN NG PAGKAIN HABANG INIHAHATID
 - Tagalog
راهنمایی  برای  رستورانها و کیترینگ ها  - پاس‌داشتِ موادِ خوراکی هنگامِ حمل و پخش - Farsi
ادات للمطاعم ولمتعهدي الحفلات - ماية سلامة الغذاء أثناء النقل / التسليم - Arabic
飲食店と仕出し業者のための指導書輸送/配達中の食物安全管理 - Japanese   
음식점 및 케이터링 지침운송 / 배달 중 식품 안전 보호 - Korean 

 

 Forms and Applications

 

AB 1990 - Community Food Producer Registration Form: PDF
Commissary Agreement:   PDF     Out of County Agreement
Cottage Food Program Information: HERE
Cottage Food Class 
 A CFO Registration: PDF
Cottage Food Class B CFO Permit: PDF
Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) Intake Form:  PDF
Health Permit Application: PDF
Health Permit Fees:  PDF
Fees for Additional Services: PDF
Plan Check Application:
PDF
Plan Check Fees:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Worksheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter: County PDF / Out of County PDF
Change of Ownership Questionnaire: PDF
Public Records Request Form:
 PDF
Satellite Food Service Guidance: PDF
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Sponsor Application:
 PDF
Temporary Food Facility Vendor ApplicationPDF
Temporary Food Facility Self Inspection Checklist: PDF
Veteran's Exemption Application:
PDF
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions: PDF

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 Operating Information
Guide to Opening a New Food Business in San Diego County: PDF
Retail Food Facility Operator's Guide: English (PDF)  Spanish (PDF)
  Chinese (PDF)  Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Safety Manager Certification Options:
Food Handler Training Schools:
PDF
PDF
Food Handler Training Booklets: English (PDF)  Spanish (PDF)
  Chinese (PDF)  Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Facility Consultations:   PDF
Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist:   English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Food Facility Food Temperature Log: PDF
Wholesale Food Warehouse Risk Control Plan: PDF
Community Garden Guideline PDF


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 Guidelines and Handouts

Allergen Information: PDF
Avoid Food Poisoning, Don't Eat From Unpermitted Food Vendors: PDF
California Department of Public Health: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
Cockroaches - How to Respond: PDF
Common Phrases - Let Your Fingers Do The Talking: PDF
Consumer Advisory Update: PDF
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility: PDF
Foodborne Illness Risk Factors and Interventions: PDF
Food Donations: Too Good to Waste PDF
Food Labeling Guide:  PDF
Food Safety Guide for Non-Profit Organizations that Distribute Food:  PDF
Food Safety During Transport or Deliveries: PDF

Guide for Food Sales and Service at Sporting Events: Eat Safe! Play Safe! 
Guidelines for Allowing Dogs into Outdoor Patio Dining: PDF
Guidelines for Determining Approved Food Sources: PDF
Handwashing Poster - Clean Hands Save Lives: English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Hepatitis A Guidance for Food Facilities: English (PDF)
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines: English (PDF)    Spanish (PDF)
Vietnamese (PDF)    Arabic (PDF)    Tagalog (PDF)   
Insider's Guide to Handwashing:  English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control:  PDF
Plastic Straws and Children's Meals: PDF
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments: Website
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments Flyer: English (PDF)    Spanish (PDF)
Rapid Cooling: PDF  
Rapid Cooling Log: PDF
Reusable Bags: PDF
Satellite Food Service Guidance: PDF
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form: PDF

School Share Tables: PDF
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals: PDF
Guidelines For Allowing Non-Service Dogs Into Outdoor Patio Dining: PDF
Shellfish Warning Signs:  PDF
Sewage: PDF
Time as a Public Health Control (TPHC):  PDF
Trans-Fat Fact Sheet:  PDF
Warewashing Guidance: PDF 
Water Conservation Tips for Food Facilities:  PDF
Wiping Cloths:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)

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 Food Safety

Food Defense & Security:  PDF
Food Safety During a Power Outage: VIDEO
Food Safety in the Event of a Power Outage: PDF
Food Security Self-Assessment (US Department of Agriculture):  PDF
Safe Cheese:  HHSA English (PDF)  HHSA Spanish (PDF)  
Safe Handling of Eggs:  PDF
Safe Handling of Raw Produce & Juices (FDA):  PDF

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 HACCP Guidance
HACCP Principles (FDA):  PDF
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Flow Chart: PDF
HACCP Checklist (Local - DEH FHD Review): PDF
HACCP Checklist (State Review): PDF
Specialized Process Questionnaire Form: PDF
Specialized Process Application Form: PDF

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 Plan Check

Non-Pool Plan Check Application: PDF
Pool Plan Check Application: PDF
Plan Check Fees: PDF
Plan Check Review Reference Guidelines - Does your facility require Plan Check Review? PDF
Guide to Opening a New Food Business: PDF
Plan Check Consultation Guide: PDF
Food Facility Plan Review Guide: PDF
Food Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: PDF
Food Facility Plan Check Checklist: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Requirements: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check submittal Guidance and Checklist: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: PDF
Construction & Operational Guide for Mobile Food Facilities and Mobile Support Units: PDF
Retail Market Conversions For Fresh Produce: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Operations FAQ: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Operational Procedures: PDF
Multiple Kitchen Complex Plan Check Review Guide: PDF
Acceptable Floor Materials: PDF
Grease Trap Policy: PDF
Buffet service guidelines: PDF
Mechanical ventilation exemption guide: PDF
Water heater sizing guidelines: PDF
Open-air BBQ guidelines: PDF


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 Mobile Food Facilities

Mobile Food Presentation for Industry:  PDF
Presentación para la Industria de Unidades de Comida Móvil:  en Español
Directions to County Operation Center: PDF
Operations FAQ: PDF
Mobile Food Operator's Guide: PDF
Manual del Operador: en Español
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Guidelines: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Letter: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Letter - Out of County: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Worksheet: PDF 
 

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 Catering Operations

Catering Ordinance Clean Version: PDF 
County News Center: Article
Catering Pilot Study Findings and Recommendations: PDF
Commissary Letter of Agreement Form: PDF
Food Options at Breweries and Urban Wineries: PDF
Food Options at Unincorporated Wineries: PDF
Host Facility Requirements: PDF
Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: PDF
Plan Check Application: PDF
Host Facility Plan Submittal Guidance and Checklist: PDF
Catering - Standard Operating Procedures Worksheet: PDF


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 Cottage Food Operations

California Department of Public Health:  Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
Cottage Food Law:  California Health & Safety Code §114365-§114365.6
Class A CFO Registration Packet: PDF
Class B CFO Registration Packet: PDF
California Cottage Food FAQs:  English   Spanish
Ley de Alimentos Caseros - Preguntas Frecuentes:  en Español
Zoning Requirements:  Permit/License Requirements from your City of Residence
Training Options:  State Food Processor Course or San Diego County Approved Courses
San Diego Cottage Food Label Requirements:  PDF 
Label Requirements for Allergens:  PDF
Do You Qualify as a Cottage Food Operation?  Flow Chart Screening PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Potable Water Requirements:  PDF

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 Community Gardens

Community Garden Guideline:  PDF
Community Garden FAQ: PDF
Guidelines for the Use of Alternate Water Supplies to Irrigate Gardens: PDF
Composting Tips for School or Community Gardens: PDF

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 Disaster Preparedness

Boil Water Order Information:  PDF
Water Outage Guidelines: PDF
Emergency/Disaster Procedures for Food Facilities:  PDF
Emergency Shelter & Mass Feeding Center Guidelines:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Damaged Food:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Disposal of Spoiled Food:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Procedures for Operators:  PDF
Fire Recovery - What to do after a Wildfire:  PDF
How to Keep your Food Safe during a Power Outage:  Video   PDF
Influenza (Flu) Illnesses Guidelines for Food Operations:  PDF

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 Consumer Resources

Emergency Food Supply:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Emergency Sewage Disposal:  PDF
Fight Bac!:  PDF
Food Safety at Youth Sporting Events:  PDF
Guide for Packing a Safe School Lunch:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Purifying Water:  PDF

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 Rules and Regulations

New Regulation Updates effective January 1, 2020: California Retail Food Code (CRFC) legislative changes and associated sections.

California Retail Food Code (CalCode):   PDF
California Sherman Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law:   PDF
San Diego County Wholesale Food Warehouse Ordinance: PDF
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals:
PDF
CDPH FAQs – Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products PDF



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