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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. 

Fact Sheets for Operators Available in 18 Languages   

Go to our Food Sanitation Rules webpage for fact sheets and more information.

OAR 333-150-0000 – Food Sanitation Rules - Amendment of rules relating to refilling customer containers (SB 545, 2023)

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division has amended OAR 333-150-0000 relating to food service establishments. This amendment implements provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 545 (Oregon Laws 2023, chapter 74), which directed OHA to adopt rules allowing restaurants to fill consumer-owned containers with food.  This expands the previous rules which allowed this process for beverage containers in specific instances.  For more information on the food safety requirements and how this rule could be implemented in a licensed food service facility, see the Refilling Returnable Containers Fact Sheet.  

Note:  These rules are permissive and it is not required for licensed food service facilities to accept consumer containers for refilling.  

Web Portal for Inspection Reports

Notice:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be gaps in inspection data from early 2020 through 2022 as Environmental Health Departments across Oregon supported their offices in managing the pandemic response.  

We have completed a statewide rollout of updated software to allow county offices to better serve the licensed facility operators in Oregon.  With this update, we now have a new look to our web portal showing inspection reports for food, public pool and lodging facilities, such as restaurants, swimming pools and hotels across Oregon.

The site shows 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**

Mobile Food Unit Rule Changes

Please visit our Mobile Food Unit-specific page for more information.

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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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