Alameda County Department of Environmental Health operates various programs to protect the public. Some timely news items follow:
- FREE PRESENTATION: Special Event and Winery Permitting Presentation at Martinelli Center in Livermore on Monday, October 28, 2013
Are you providing food service at Special Events? Do you have a wine tasting room and/or participate in wine festivals? Don't miss this free informative presentation on permitting for special events and wineries! Topics will include Fixed Food Facility permitting, Winery Operation Exemption, Food Permit Categories, Temporary Food Booth Permitting, Catered Events, Private Events, and more. Click here (PDF - 410kb)* for details on time, location and seat reservations.
- Food Truck Placarding Grading System - Announcement of Community Meeting Dates (10/3/13)
The Alameda County Mobile Food Unit will be holding educational Community Meetings to explain the upcoming Placarding Program to our food truck vendors, and how it will change the way food safety inspections are done in the field. Much like the fixed restaurants in Alameda County, which receive a Green, Yellow and/or Red Placard after an operational inspection, food trucks will soon have a similar program. We have invited our food truck owners, Commissary and Commercial Kitchen owners, and our Temporary Event Sponsors to join us at these meetings, to learn about the upcoming changes. Community Meeting Notice - Dates Announced (PDF - 420kb)*
- Mobile Food Vending FREE Info-Sessions held every Monday at 10AM, starting Oct. 7th (10/1/13)
Looking for information on how to permit your Mobile Food Business with Alameda County Environmental Health? Starting on Oct. 7, 2013, we will be holding a free info-session at our office, every Monday (excluding County holidays) for those who have questions on where to begin. Info-sessions will begin at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in room 106. Check in between 9:30-10AM at the 1st Floor Reception Desk at 1131 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda - Directions.
- Alameda County Food Truck Placarding (Grading) System (9/09/13)
The Alameda County Mobile Food Department will soon begin Placarding (Grading) all food trucks currently operating in Alameda County. For more information, and to submit your interest in participating in a community meeting to learn more, please see the letter we recently sent to our Food Truck owners, Commissaries and Commercial Kitchens: Food Truck Placarding Program Letter (PDF - 904kb)*
- Swimmers Itch Advisory at Alameda's Crown Beach (6/11/13)
After a two year absence of confirmed human cases, swimmer's itch has returned to Robert Crown Beach in Alameda. Other than the intense itching, there are no long term health effects from this exposure.
Learn more... (PDF - 100kb)*
- Multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak potentially associated with Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend (6/3/13)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses potentially associated with a frozen berry food blend. Learn more:
- Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A (5/31/13)
The CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis has posted an outbreak investigation announcement regarding the multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A potentially associated with a frozen berry blend food product. Learn more...
- Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins (4/25/2013)
The annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast is now in effect. The quarantine is beginning earlier this year because testing by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has detected elevated levels of domoic acid and high numbers of the algae that produce this toxin.
Learn more... (PDF - 98kb)* Annual Mussel Quarantine-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
- Alameda County Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Project (3/28/13)
Join Alameda County's free Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Project and your salon can become recognized as a Healthy Nail Salon! See a list of nail salons that have already been recognized (PDF - 48kb)* . Using safer products and practices will help protect not only your health but will create a safer environment for your clients. Alameda County Environmental Health Department has created a shop recognition and technician certification project with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.
Read more: English (PDF - 93kb)* Vietnamese (PDF - 93kb)*
2013 Community Champion Award
Alameda County Healthy Nail Salon Owners
- Cottage Food Operator Training (1/29/13)
AB 1616 requires that any person who prepares or packages cottage food complete a food processor course within three months of becoming registered or permitted
Learn more... (PDF - 98kb)*
- Cottage Food Law (1/4/13)
Various documents have been posted to aid the public's understanding of this new law: CCDEH Model CFO Flow Chart (PDF - 25kb)* CCDEH Model CFO Guidelines (PDF - 40kb)*
CFO Model Registration Form (PDF - 189kb)* CFO Model Self-Certification Checklist (PDF - 63kb)*
- Cottage Food Law (12/19/12)
On January 1, 2013 the new Cottage Food law will become effective. This will allow small business operators to produce certain items in their home kitchens for sale to the public. Learn more: AB 1616 FAQs (English) (PDF - 335kb)* AB 1616 FAQs (Spanish) (PDF - 456kb)*
More information on Cottage Food Operations can be found on the California Department of Public Health website.
- California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) (10/19/12)
Did you know that CalEPA has a training video to help you get started as a Business User of CERS? To watch a demo click here.
You can use the CERS Business Training Portal to get familiar with the system, create "test" businesses and facilities and more.
The owner/operator or legal representative of each regulated CUPA Facility in the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health CUPA Jurisdiction (PDF - 229kb)* needs to print this form, complete the necessary sections, and fax or mail the form to the CUPA office. ELECTRONIC REPORTING LEAD USER AUTHORIZATION FORM (PDF - 477kb)*
- Advisories / Current Topics / Employment Archive
- Public Notice Registration Permit Valley Recycling (10/18/13)
Learn more... (PDF - 74kb)*
- 2013 RFI Amendment Tri Cities Recycling and Disposal Facility (9/16/13)
Alameda County Department of Environmental Health, Office of Solid/Medical Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) has approved an application for a Report of Facility Information (RFI) Amendment at the Tri-Cities Recycling and Disposal Facility. Learn more... (PDF - 29kb)*
- Notice of Report of Facility Information (RFI) Amendment (7/9/13)
Please be advised that the Alameda County Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) received and approved an RFI Amendment to the Solid Waste Facility Permit (SWFP) for the Pleasanton Garbage Service (PGS). Learn more... (PDF - 29kb)*
- Public Meeting of Alameda County Commission on Septic System Issues (11/06/13)
On November 6, 2013, the Commission will hold a regular meeting at 2:00 in the Castro Valley Library. Learn more... (PDF - 82kb)*
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