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OC Health Care Agency advises residents and visitors to beware of foodborne illness

The OC Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division advises the public against consuming food and beverages made or sold by street food vendors that do not possess a valid health permit.

Mobile food facilities and street vendors that operate with a health permit are expected to follow food safety laws and are subject to routine health inspections by Environmental Health. These vendors will have an identifying sticker issued by the County of Orange on the vehicle or cart, and can provide proof of permit or health inspection from Environmental Health.

Example 1 of a health permit issued by the County of Orange, CA.
Example 1 of a health permit issued by the County of Orange, CA.
Example 2 of a health permit issued by the County of Orange, CA.
Example 3 of a health permit issued by the County of Orange, CA.
Example 3 of a health permit issued by the County of Orange, CA.

Street food vending operated by food operators that do not possess a health permit pose a serious public health risk to residents and visitors in Orange County. Such vendors often possess unsafe makeshift equipment, do not follow proper food safety and handwashing practices, and utilize unverified food sources, storage, and handling. Environmental Health has received multiple foodborne illness complaints attributed to street food operations that do not have a health permit.

If you think you became ill after consuming food from a street food vendor, please call (714) 433-6418 or [email protected]

For information regarding the Food Safety Program at the Environmental Health Division, please visit ocfoodinfo.com.

The article and photos above were released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.