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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.

 Mobile Food Unit and Temporary Restaurant Rule Changes

The Oregon Health Authority (Authority), Public Health Division is proposing to permanently adopt, amend and repeal administrative rules in OAR chapter 333, divisions 150 and 162 relating to food safety at Mobile Food Units and Temporary Restaurants. These proposed amendments were developed by a workgroup consisting of industry and local health department members to update the standards for mobile food units, which have not been subject to a major revision since 1997. These proposed amendments 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. 

These proposed rules were developed by a workgroup of industry and regulatory members to update the statewide standards. The significant changes to the rules are outlined on this document in English and Spanish, but are not the only changes to the mobile food unit standards. 
If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held in Portland, Oregon:
October 28, 2019 at 9am
Portland State Office Building
800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E
Portland, Oregon 97232

You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019 to:
OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232

E-mail comments can be sent to: or by fax to (971) 673-1299.

For more details, please see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact and the proposed rules. New language is underlined and deleted language is indicated by a strikethrough

If you have questions or would like a paper copy of these rule changes, please contact our office at (971) 673-0451.

Web Portal for Inspection Reports

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**


 Hot Topics

Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

This 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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