Colusa County Environmental Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting approximately 140 retail food facilities for compliance with the California Retail Food Code (commonly called Cal Code). Permitted facilities include markets, restaurants, schools and mobile food facilities.
Environmental Health conducts a risk-based inspection program based on the level of food preparation at the facility, as well as review and monitoring of the five major sources of food borne illness as identified by the Centers for Disease Control which include:
- Improper food holding temperatures
- Contaminated equipment
- Food from unapproved sources
In addition to regular inspections, re-inspections and complaint inspections are conducted as needed. Further, all new or remodeled food facilities must adhere to construction and equipment standards as found in Cal Code. Prior to construction of a new facility, plans are reviewed and site inspections are conducted during the construction phase of the project.