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County Reminds Businesses of Important Measures for Food and Customer Safety


September 11, 2011 (San Diego)--Last week’s boil water advisory has been lifted, but the Department of Environmental Health is reminding restaurants and markets that were impacted by the advisory to follow food and water safety procedures before reusing tap water. These include guidelines for flushing and sanitizing, as well as assuring that food served is safe.


Businesses should follow these water safety procedures:
• Run all faucets for 3 to 5 minutes to flush the lines with safe water
before use. Include all faucets located in restrooms, kitchens, waiter stations and drinking fountains.
• Flush lines and sanitize all ice machines, coffee machines, post-mix
machines and fountain machines.
• Clean and sanitize all fixtures, sinks and equipment connected to
water supply lines.
• Before resuming use, follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures for disinfecting water softeners and filters. Also follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures for replacing all water filters, such as carbon filters or the carbon media in filters, and for replacing the media in small filters on ice machines, water treatment systems and beverage vending machines.
• Rewash and sanitize all dishes, multi-use utensils and work areas.

Businesses should also follow these food safety procedures:
• Discard food potentially contaminated prior to the Boil Water Notice.
These foods may include prepared, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables or foods combined with raw fruits and vegetables that may have been washed with contaminated water.
• Foods or dishes with ice or water added as an ingredient or part of a
cooling process.
• Beverages made with water from the water supply system such as
juices, iced tea and coffee.

Detailed guidelines on these procedures can be found at

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