Food Safety

Overview

In Cochise County, whether you're shopping at a supermarket, eating at an outdoor festival, dining in a restaurant, or enjoying free food at a public event, the law requires people selling or serving that food to do so in accordance with the Arizona Food Code to keep that food safe. Our food code was adopted from the Federal Food Code. Ensuring safe food for the citizens of Cochise County requires a reliable way to evaluate and practice food safety in producing, preparing, packaging, storing, and distribution. These final steps are important to bring that food to the table, especially when you eat in public, safely.

If you wish to open a restaurant, a bar, a bakery, a food store, a pushcart, a temporary food booth, or any other way to serve food to the public here in Cochise County, contact our offices. We'll help you determine if the facility you're planning to build, rent or buy will be satisfactory to the foodservice business. Even if you're only planning to serve hot dogs at a Fourth of July event, or prepare Carne Asada at a church event contact us to submit a permit application. Together we will prepare your operation for safe food handling for the public.