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.
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
Senate Bill 28, 29 and 90 Rule Adoption
The Oregon Health Authority (Authority), Public Health Division is proposing to permanently amend OAR chapter 333, divisions 029, 030, 031, 060, 062 and 150 relating to food service establishments, tourist facilities and public pools and spas. These proposed rules implement provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 28, which raises the licensing fees for food service, public pools and tourist facilities (Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 510); SB 29, which removes the construction permit requirement from the public pool plan review process and allows a variance fee (Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 456); and SB 90, which implements a limit on food service establishments providing plastic straws to consumers unless requested (Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 362). SB 28, SB 29 and SB 90 were passed during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session.
Mobile Food 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
, but are not the only changes to the mobile food unit standards.
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**