Food Safety Section


Food Safety for Consumers

Clean. Separate. Cook. Chill. Watch this short video for tips for year-round safe food preparation.

Recalls


Food Recalls - FDA, USDA and related recalls.

Mythbusters

Food Myths logo Kids are more likely to get food poisoning than most adults are. Use these MYTHBUSTERS to identify basic safe food handling practices for kids:

 

Food Safety in the Home

Someone using a temp gauge to check cooking temp of chicken Be Food Safe.

Food safety risks at home are more common than most people think.

Learn more about CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK and CHILL.

Safe Food Preparation

Food Safety in Emergencies

Inspections


Food Establishment Inspections

Complaint or Concerns:

If you have a complaint or concern about food safety in a restaurant in Fairfax County, Fairfax City or the City of Falls Church, please contact the Food Safety Section of the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2444.

To report improper food handling/cleanliness in a restaurant Submit a complaint here.

Your Health Is In Your Hands

Wash your hands logo

Join the Health Department in preventing illness through proper hand washing techniques.

Hand Washing Information


Food Safety for Restaurant Owners/Operators

Employee Health Policy Initiative

Do you have an employee health policy?  Do your employees know what a foodborne illness is?  Do your employees realize that they have a responsibility to the restaurant and to the customers to know how to prevent the spread of a foodborne illness?  What do you do as a manager if an employee is diagnosed with, or has symptoms of, a foodborne illness?  These and other questions are answered in the NEW Employee Health Policy section of the website.

PERMITTING PROCESS

A table setting at a restaurant Permitting Process for Food Establishments
Application for Food Service Establishment Permit - New establishment, change of ownership, renewal applications
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Certified Food Manager (CFM) Guidelines  -
Requirements, training and testing locations

Mobile Food Service:

Food Code


Fairfax County Code: Chapter 43.1
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2005 Food Code

Food for Thought Newsletter



Read the Food for Thought Newsletter

Training Materials

Temporary Events


 

Youth Athletic Consession Stands

NEWS: Effective July 1, 2013, a Health Department Permit to Operate will no longer be required to serve food from a youth athletic concession stand. In the past, the Health Department has conducted food safety workshops for volunteers who work at the concession stands. It is no longer required that volunteers attend the food safety workshops.

In the interest of food safety at your concession stand, if your group is interested in having a food safety workshop for volunteers, you may contact the Health Department directly at 703-246-2444 to make arrangements. Remember to Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill! Food safety brochures are available upon request from the Health Department and Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety is a good resource available from the USDA. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Department.


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