A Safe Cooking Temperatures Reminder from the National Restaurant Association

During this 3rd week of National Food Safety Education Month, food service operators and consumers are reminded of the safe cooking temperatures required for foods that need to be time and temperature controlled in order to help protect against food borne illness.  Take a look at this short video from the National Restaurant Association as a reminder of the various categories of food and their respective cooking temperatures: 

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/x7ujUPbMkNw



Some areas throughout Georgia are still without power and dealing with water damage as a result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.  Please be reminded that only food service operations with a previously approved Emergency Operations Plan are allowed to operate more than 2 hours without power or water per the Georgia Department of Public Health Food Service Rules and Regulations.  All other facilities must cease operation and contact the health department for further guidance.  [In Cobb: 770-435-7815  or Douglas: 770-920-7311]

For helpful information to assist the public in regard to keeping safe in emergency situations, especially in regard to power outages and flooding, please see the following links:

Food Safety:  

USDA:  Food Safety During Power Outages Infographic

CDPH:  Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety During Emergencies


Mold Clean-up and Removal:

YouTube:  Preventing Mold After a Disaster

Private Well Water Disinfection after Flooding:

EPA:  Wells – What to Do After the Flood

Septic Systems after Flooding:

EPA:  Septic Systems – What to Do After the Flood

National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month.  During this first week, we are pleased to announce the availability of  the 12th episode of our Food Safety Partnership Panel entitled Back to the Basics: Risk Factors 101.  This episode covers the main areas of focus during food service inspections and provides a demonstration of the clean-up response to an incident of vomitus in an establishment, as well as a presentation of the main components of an employee health policy.

All of the Partnership Panel episodes can be viewed on our website at the following link:


Over the next four weeks, we will emphasize specific areas to assist you with your food safety knowledge.  Be sure to check out our Food Service page for more Partnership Panel episodes along with helpful tools and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Learn How to Stop the “Notorious Virus” During National Food Safety Month!


The theme of this year’s National Food Safety Month is the “Notorious Virus”, which includes an emphasis on the prevention and control of Norovirus.  Please check out the recent press release from Cobb & Douglas Public Health to learn more about Norovirus and gain access to other food safety resources, such as our Food Safety Partnership Panels.

Always remember to think Food Safety!

New Food Safety Partnership Panel on Personal Hygiene and Employee Health

The people factor, as it pertains to food safety, is so important that it is addressed at the beginning of Georgia’s Rules and Regulations Governing Food Service.  This topic is also the focus of our most recent Food Safety Partnership Panel episode.  Watch the video for a review of the components to include in every Employee Health Policy.

This video may also be viewed on Cobb-TV 23 and Douglas-TV 23.  Additionally, all of our Food Safety Partnership Panel videos are posted on our website.

More tools to assist you in this area will be posted in the near future, so stay tuned!