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  1. How often are restaurants and markets inspected?
    A facility can be inspected from 1 to 4 times a year. The frequency is based on the public health risk associated with the food products served, the methods of food preparation, and the operational history of the food facility.

  2. How can I obtain a copy of the Retail Food Inspection Marking Guide?
    The Retail Food Inspection Marking Guide, links to agencies involved in various aspects of food safety, as well as a summary of changes of the new California Retail Food Code, can be obtained by visiting our website at

  3. How can I obtain a copy of California Retail Food Code (Cal Code)?
    A copy of the California Retail Food Code can be downloaded here: California Retail Food Code(Cal-Code) .

  4. Where does it say that inspectors have the authority to inspect?
    Authority is granted under California Retail Food Code, Article 2 Enforcement Section 114390.

  5. Where do I report that I got sick from restaurant food?
    You may report a suspected food borne illness to the County of Los Angeles Morbidity Unit of Acute Communicable Disease Control at (888) 397-3993.

  6. What options are available if permit holders are unhappy with their grades / scores?
    • An owner initiated inspection, which provides for a new routine inspection and the opportunity for a facility to improve their grades, may be requested once in a twelve month period
    • Permit holders may request that their inspection reports be reviewed by a supervisor at the local Environmental Health office
    • The office of the Ombudsman is available to assist in resolving disputes involving issuance of grades / scores or with inspection process concerns. The office of the Ombudsman may be contacted at (626) 430-5141
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