State Fair Food Safety is Bottom Line for Health Inspectors – Interview/photo availability, Friday

​Interview/photo availability with inspectors on Friday

Sacramento, CA, July 7, 2015 - It’s time again for the California State Fair!  Corn dogs, funnel cakes and snow cones are some fair food favorites, but new this year is Drink from a Fruit in which a cored fruit is blended into a drink and placed back into the rind of the fruit. It’s also time for Sacramento County Environmental Health inspectors to make sure the 172 food stands (10 more than 2014) operating at the fair are following proper food safety practices.

Media opportunity: County health inspectors will be onsite at Cal Expo to conduct opening day food booth inspections.

When:             Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where:            Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento - Please check in at Media Center
Contact:          Zarha Ruiz (, 916-591-2057 cell

“Food safety is the bottom line,” said John Rogers, Environmental Health Division Chief. “It requires a couple of extra steps for the food vendors, but it’s crucial for the health of fair goers to make sure we conduct thorough inspections. We take that very seriously.”

Health inspectors will be working through the duration of the fair doing unannounced inspections, investigating food-related complaints, and providing education to vendors.  Some of the things inspectors will be looking for are:

  • Proper hand-washing procedures.
  • Preparation of fresh food every day. No cooling of food for next day use is allowed.
  • Approved source of food.
  • Food temperature: Keeping hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Ensuring safe water supplies and proper sewage disposal.

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10590 Armstrong Avenue, Mather, California 95655
Environmental Compliance (916) 875-8550  -  Environmental Health (916) 875-8440