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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

Guidance on Governor Brown's Phased Reopening

Restaurants may only offer take out and/or delivery in Extreme Risk Level counties.  See the Restaurant Reopening Guidance, risk level chart and the COVID Updates page for more information on your county's requirements and additional guidance.  

Risk Level Guidance Tool - A helpful table to determine what is allowed in each phase of guidance

    Restaurant Guidance: Orders for Pick Up, Delivery and To Go

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    Restaurant Guidance: Restaurants Offering Raw or Bulk Food

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    COVID-19 and Food Safety

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    Cleaning Tips for Restaurants, Food Carts and other Food Service Operations

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    New Rules - Enforcement of Executive Orders

    The Oregon Health Authority (Authority), Public Health Division, has adopted OAR 333-003-1001 thru 333-003-3040 (modifications made on December 18th and December 24th) to implement the Governor's Executive Orders issued as a result of a declaration of an emergency due to the public health threat posed by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On December 2, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-66, which adjusted the framework for the community mitigation strategies from a phased approach to a county-by-county metrics approach. These temporary rules amend existing rules to adjust the requirements and provisions to the new metrics approach. The revisions allow the Authority or a local public health authority to issue civil penalties and enforce the provisions of the Executive Orders, but only as long as the underlying Executive Orders are in effect. The rules also clarify the Authority or local public health authority authorization to act under their licensing authorities for food establishments and tourist facilities to enforce applicable Executive Order and Authority guidance requirements, including through closures, suspension, revocation, and civil penalty. Please note that the requirements of these rules will expire when the Governor has terminated the Executive Order underlying the prohibition or requirement.

    Temporary Rules - Exclusion of Workers with COVID-19

    The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has adopted temporary rules to exclude individuals with COVID-19 from attending or working in schools and children’s facilities, or from working in health care facilities or food service facilities (OAR 333-019-1000). These temporary rules are effective March 9, 2020 through September 4, 2020.  

    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

    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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