The food safety program monitors all retail food facilities in the county (excluding the City of Berkeley) to ensure a safe
and wholesome food supply for the public. Food facilities include restaurants, markets, bakeries, liquor stores,
bars, certified farmers' market, food service at fairs and festivals, catering trucks, hot dog carts, ice cream
trucks, produce vehicles, and food vending machines.
Foodborne Illness Complaints
To report a suspected foodborne illness,
click here. Please enter your contact information and the nature of your complaint so that we may process
The food program conducts routine and follow-up inspections, investigates complaints and suspected foodborne
illnesses, carries-out food recalls, conducts multi-lingual food safety classes, conducts plan reviews for new
and remodeled facilities, and issues permits.
We also offer food safety certification classes in
English or in
Spanish to assist food operators and managers in complying with the statewide legislation requirement for
Food Safety Certification.
Hepatitis A Guidelines
PREVENT HEPATITIS A...Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the
Hepatitis A virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is usually transmitted person-to-person
through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Proper CLEANING AND DISINFECTION of
facilities can help prevent the spread of this disease.
Notice on FDA Order Pertaining to Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)
As of June 18, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) order pertaining to foods containing partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) will be effective and enforced. Alameda County Department of Environmental Health is notifying all the retail food facilities covered by this order of their compliance obligations. Please refer to the link below for more information regarding your responsibilities as a food facility owner/operator to ensure no foods containing PHOs are offered.
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