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The Oregon Health Authority Foodborne Illness Prevention Program works in partnership with local health departments, the food service industry and the public to reduce or eliminate the known causes of foodborne illness. The program provides technical assistance, training and education, coordinates rulemaking, supports the statewide licensing and inspection system and oversees the Food Handler Card program. Go to our Food Sanitation Rules webpage for fact sheets and more information.

Food Service Facilities and COVID-19

Governor Brown Requires Masks in both Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

On Aug. 13, Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority leaders enacted an indoor masking mandate in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Today, Governor Brown announced a new rule would extend that mask requirement to outside areas.  

Beginning Friday, Aug. 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings as well — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible. You can listen to Governor Brown talk about the new rule here.

To file a complaint about customers/staff not wearing masks in licensed facilities, go to Oregon OSHA.  Their website has an online complaint form as well as links to call your local county OSHA office.  

For more information including, social media cards and business placards, go to:

  • OHA's face covering webpage
  • OHA's COVID-19 updates page  - scroll down to Requirements and Recommendations  (for fact sheets and Frequently Asked Questions) and Business Signage (for placards to post in your facility)

Notice of Proposed Permanent Rulemaking to Repeal COVID-19 Rules

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is proposing to permanently repeal Oregon Administrative Rules in chapter 333, division 3 pertaining to implementation of the Governor's Executive Orders related to COVID-19 for food establishments, public pools and tourist facilities.

The Governor declared an emergency due to the public health threat posed by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and issued several Executive Orders (EO) that have been designated as public health laws. These rules being repealed allowed the Authority or a local public health authority to enforce the provisions of the Executive Orders, but only as long as the underlying Executive Orders are in effect. On June 25, 2021, the Governor issued EO 21-15 that lifted all COVID-19 restrictions and therefore these rules are no longer necessary.

You are being invited to review these proposed rules and to comment on them. 

You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on August 21, 2021 to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

OHA, Public Health Division

Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator

800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930

Portland, Oregon 97232

E-mail comments to: publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us or you may also send comments by fax to: (971) 673-1299.

Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.

For more details, please see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact and the full text.

If you have any questions or would prefer to be sent a hardcopy, please contact Dave Martin at (971) 673-3283 or david.c.martin@state.or.us.

Mobile Food and Temporary Restaurant Rule Changes

The Foodborne Illness Prevention Program has adopted new rules relating to mobile food units (food trucks and food carts) and temporary restaurants. The new rules went into effect on February 1, 2020. The new rules were developed by a workgroup consisting of industry and local health department members and update the standards for mobile food units, which have not been subject to a major revision since 1997. These new rules also expand on the types of food items that are exempt from regulation at temporary events if certain provisions are met to protect public health. A summary of the rule changes is available in English and Spanish, but are not the only changes to the mobile food unit standards.

Plastic Straw Restriction Effective January 1, 2020

Senate Bill 90 was passed during the 2019 legislative session, which restricts food service establishments from providing plastic straws to customers unless they are specifically requested. A food service employee can only offer a plastic, single use straw to a customer if they are in/on their vehicle in the drive–thru. This restriction does not apply to health care facilities or residential care facilities that provide straws to patients or residents. For more information, please see our Plastic Straws in Food Service Facilities fact sheet.

Web Portal for Inspection Reports

Notice:  Due to a statewide data conversion, there will be a gap in posted inspection data from April-August 2021 as we transition to a new system and web portal.

The Oregon Health Authority has launched a new web portal that will allow people to easily find inspection reports for food, public pool and lodging facilities, such as restaurants, swimming pools and hotels across Oregon.

The portal is provided as part of a software update to the statewide licensing and inspection system. The site will show semi-annual, biennial and annual routine inspections as well as reinspections.  

**Please note that there is a 14-day lag from the date of inspection until it is shown on the website**



 

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Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) Database allows you to search by year, state and pathogen to find different foodborne illnesses nationwide.


Recall and Alert Information

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is responsible for coordinating response to recalls throughout Oregon at the retail level.  See links below for recall and alert info for products and outbreaks at the federal and state level.

Common Questions

Food Safety Tips for the Public


Call your Local County Environmental Health Office

Get answers to your questions about licensure, food handler card classes and concerns/complaints about licensed restaurants in your area.


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