Food Safety


The Food Safety program is . . .

  • responsible for retail food and restaurant inspection

    • offers tips on safe food handling in the home

      • links to educational information for teaching children food safety

The Food Sanitation and Consumer Protection Program assures that food provided for human consumption is wholesome, properly labeled and advertised, and has been produced under conditions and by practices which are safe and sanitary. Suspected food borne illnesses and citizen complaint investigations are also handled through this program. Construction plans of new or remodeled food establishments are reviewed and construction inspections are conducted to assure compliance with appropriate laws and regulations. 

Tulare County Environmental Health issues permits, inspects, and regulates Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, and the sale of eggs.  These facilities are regulated according to the Food Safety Program of the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health.  For additional information, regulations and resources see our Food Safety Program Contacts brochure.

Retail food facilities such as restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, bars and bed and breakfast inns receive routine food safety inspections. Information provided here includes the most recent inspection, any reinspections, permit suspensions or revocations and permit reinstatements. 

Please see the Temporary Food Facilities page for inspection information for food service or sales at temporary facilities and events.

For an explanation and description of food safety inspections, please see:
Food Facility Inspections.

A food facility operator must have a copy of the most recent inspection report available for review upon request at the facility.  Inspection reports covering the last five (5) years are also available for public review at the Tulare County Environmental Health Offices, 5957 S Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA  95277.  These reports are also available online at the Visalia Times Delta.


As of January 1, 2010, the use of trans fats in foods prepared or sold in retail food facilities is regulated in the State of California by the passage of Assembly Bill 97

For information on the new regulations regarding the use of trans fats in retail food facilities, follow this link:    AB 97 Trans Fat letter to retailers - English/Spanish

Access the California Food Code here.

Access the California Food Handling Card Guidelines and FAQ here.





Food Safety
Safe Food Handling Awards
Mobile Food Vendors
Retail Food Facilities 
Temporary Food Facilities/Events
Food Safety Education
Food Code Marking Guide
Food Inspection Terminology
California  Retail Food Code