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Food safety of concern locally
Restaurateurs should contact county Health Services

New restaurant? They all work with Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) to have their plans reviewed and approved, as well as licensed to provide safe food and drink products to their patrons. (Courier file)

New restaurant? They all work with Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) to have their plans reviewed and approved, as well as licensed to provide safe food and drink products to their patrons. (Courier file)

Isn’t it wonderful to have fabulous new restaurants in town? All of them work with Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) to have their plans reviewed and approved, as well as licensed to provide safe food and drink products to their patrons.

Enforcement of Federal Food & Drug Administration regulations is tough work, a news release states. The Yavapai County Community Health Services Environmental Health section receives calls daily inquiring about food establishments — restaurants, caterers, food carts, food vendors and other food service operations.

All of these entities are required to have licenses with the county Environmental Health Department. Our registered sanitarians are out every day checking with food establishments to ensure food-safety procedures are in place for the sake of the public.

YCCHS, working with the Food Safety Industry Council, has done some innovative and cooperative work with the Farm to Table movement — and has been recognized nationally for the effort. Working with farmers, 26 policies were drawn up to ensure proper food-safety practices, and farms must have a written plan and agree to a voluntary recall of produce should a foodborne illness necessitate a recall. The goal is to provide safe and healthy food locally that can be used in restaurants and schools.

If you are a restaurateur, caterer or any food operation you should be diligent in selecting the food you plan to purchase for your establishment, as it is your responsibility and liability to keep the customer in mind. With the upcoming holidays and other special events taking place in our beautiful county, it is important to consider the health of your guests in selecting a licensed caterer for your event. YCCHS appreciates your calls and inquiries to protect that interest.

For more information, or to see the most recent food code requirements, go to www.yavapai.us/chs.

For more information, contact the Yavapai County Community Health Services at 928-442-5596.

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