Attention All Sales Tax Permit Holders – FREE Educational Classes in Fresno
The Consumer Food Program is responsible for regulating the operation of approximately 4,600 retail food facilities in Fresno County. Consumer Food Program activities include the:
- Permitting and inspecting retail food businesses including restaurants, markets, school cafeterias, bakeries, bars, mobile food vendors, and special event food booths.
- Review of construction plans and inspections of new and remodeled food facilities.
- Investigation of complaints regarding violations of the California Retail Food Code including unsanitary conditions.
- Investigation of suspected foodborne illnesses.
Eating from Unpermitted Food Vendors Can Make You Sick
Fresno County Environmental Health Division wants you to know that eating from illegal street food vendors could be dangerous to your health. These illegal vendors do not have a health permit and are not inspected or approved to operate. As a result, they:
- Have no way to wash their hands
- May lack basic food safety knowledge
- May not have hot or cold temperature control
- They may get their food from unapproved sources
- They may also store or prepare food in their home, garage, or back yard
- The food they sell can be exposed to contamination from:
- Unwashed hands
- Bird droppings
- Dust and dirt
- Sneezing and coughing
- Dirty utensils
- Undercooked foods
- Bacteria that may be present can grow on their food very easily
Do the right thing, when eating from mobile vendors, always make sure the vendor has a permit on the back of their vehicle that looks like this (it is a different color every year).
If there is a sticker, you know they have been inspected and permitted. To be approved to operate, employees must have basic food safety training, the mobile vehicle must have hand washing facilities, proper equipment to hold foods hot and cold safely, proper food protection to avoid contamination, etc.
Print this flyer and distribute to your family and friends that may purchase food from illegal vendors.
Staff conducts over 11,000 routine inspections yearly. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that the facilities are operating in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Health and Safety Code for the protection of the public health and safety.
Fresno County Environmental Health Division's inspection reports are now available online at www.fresnohealthinspections.org.
The California Retail Food Code or CalCode, is an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code that specifies the regulations and standards that must be met by the retail food facilities.
More Information About The Food Program
- Cottage Food Operations
- Food Safety Certification
- California Food Handler Card Information
- Food Safety Classes
- Food Facility Permit Information
- Plan Check
- Mobile Food Vendors
- Community Events (or Special Events)
- Illegal Food Vendors
- Complaints and Foodborne Illnesses
- Food Safety During Temporary Power Outages
- Other Links
Location: 1221 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867
Phone: (559) 600-3357
Fax: (559) 600-7629
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)