Did You Know?

Did you know that even if you plan to peel produce before eating, it is still important to wash it first so that dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable?

Food Safety

THD works to safeguard public health through education on safe food handling practices and the regulation of food service establishments. We perform over 11,000 inspections of approximately 3,500 food service establishments annually. In addition, approximately 500 food safety training classes are conducted each year to educate restaurant employees and other food employees on food safety.

Food Safety

Food Safety Tips

Generally, leftovers remain safe when properly refrigerated for three to five days. If in doubt, throw it out.

Farmer’s Markets are great places to buy healthy and safe food, including produce and meat.

We perform over 11,000 inspections of approximately 3,500 food service establishments each year. Restaurant inspections are on online.

Food Safety During a Power Outage

It is important that during a power outage individuals do not rely on their eyes and sense of smell when determining if food is safe to eat. Food kept above 41° Fahrenheit for more than four hours should be considered unsafe.

Foods of greatest concern are meats, lunch meats, fish and shellfish, poultry, soft cheese, dairy, eggs, and cut fruits and melons. Individuals should keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

With the freezer closed, foods usually will stay cold at least a day, perhaps two or three days depending on the quantity of insulation. If food stored in a freezer still has ice crystals when the power is turned back on, it can be safely refrozen or cooked at a later date.

The safest advice to follow is, "when in doubt throw it out".

Restaurant Inspections

Our professional staff conducts routine inspections at all restaurants in our community. As a service to the public, we regularly post the results of these inspections to assist consumers in being well-informed as to conditions observed on the day of inspection.

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Food Classes & Permits

All local food service employees must have an original, valid Foodhandler Permit from THD in their possession while at work. To receive a permit, you must successfully complete a THD Food Safety Class or pass the THD Waiver Test.

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Complaint Form

Your input and concerns are important to the THD. If you saw or experienced possible unsafe food-handling practices or unhealthy conditions, please complete and submit a complaint form here.

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Tulsa Food Advisory Council

THD created the Tulsa Food Advisory Council to act as a liaison among the Consumer Protection Division, food industry operators, and consumers.

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