|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2009
Contact: Diane Nguyen
Supervisor Janet Nguyen and OC Health Care Agency Host Town Hall: How to Get a PASS in Your Food Inspection
(Santa Ana) On Thursday, May 7, 2009, more than 120 business owners, restaurant managers and employees joined Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Senator Tom Harman, Assemblyman Jim Silva, Westminster Mayor Margie Rice, Garden Grove Mayor William Dalton and Garden Grove Councilman Andrew Do, at a Town Hall on the new Restaurant Inspection Public Notification System.
“As your representative to the County of Orange, my goal is to assist owners and operators in the food service industry during this period of transition to the new notification system,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen.
In December 2008, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a revision to the Restaurant Public Notification System. Beginning October 1, 2009, the Environmental Health Department of the Orange County Health Care Agency will implement the following designations: “PASS,” “PASS-REINSPECTION DUE,” or “CLOSED.”
These designations will be prominently indicated on the Inspection Seal posted at each food service establishment to notify the public of the result of the most recent health inspection. This revision to the current seals will make the seals more informative and accessible to the general public.
“The Health Care Agency is working very hard to educate those in the food service industry to make sure that every business receives a “PASS” at their next inspection,” said Health Care Agency Director Richard Sanchez.
“The tremendous turn-out at the Town Hall shows the need for outreach and education in the community,” said Garden Grove Councilman Andrew Do. “Keep in mind that better compliance, through education and outreach, ultimately saves the County money, by reducing the need for repeated inspections.”
“Events like this serve an important educational function for the community,” said Huntington Beach Union High School Trustee Matthew Harper. “Well informed business owners contribute to a successful community.”
If you were unable to attend but would like information, you can view the material presented by Orange County staff at the Town Hall at Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s web site, www.bos.ocgov.com/first.
If you have additional questions, contact Robert Curtis of the Health Care Agency at (714) 443-6103 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the new Restaurant Inspection Public Notification System, visit www.ocfoodinfo.com.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Garden Grove Councilman Andrew Do welcome participants to the May 7, 2009 Town Hall: How to Get a PASS in Your Food Inspection.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen represents the First District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors as Vice Chair. She also serves as Chair of the OCTA’s Transit Committee. She represents more than 600,000 people, covering the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Orange County ranks sixth in the nation as the most populous county and has the nation’s seventh highest annual budget.