The Environmental Health Division is excited to present our website! It is our hope that this website will help offer an easier mechanism by which to assist our clients with our services. You may now access forms and guidance for all of our programs here, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. In addition complaints can now be submitted online straight to our division, and payment links make permit payments a click away! We hope you find our website useful and look forward to serving you.
The Tulare County Division of Environmental Health is a full-service division that is dedicated to protecting the health of people and the environment in Tulare County.
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The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.
On December 13, 2018, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc., in Santa Barbara County, recalled products that may have come into contact with water from the water reservoir where the outbreak strain was found. The firm recalled red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27 through 30, 2018. According to the firm, cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in the U.S. Mexico, and Canada.
The Adam Bros. recall has prompted a sub-recall by Spokane Produce Inc. of Spokane, WA. The firm recalled sandwiches and other products under the Northwest Cuisine Creations and Fresh&Local labels.
Consumers should not eat recalled products and should throw them away. Consumers also should not eat romaine from the following California counties:
• San Benito
• Santa Barbara
Based on discussions with producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be voluntarily labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. Romaine lettuce with the new labeling is available in stores. Consumers should look for signs in stores where labels are not an option. If signs or labels do not have this information, you should not eat or use it.
If it does have this information, we advise avoiding romaine from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara counties in California. Romaine from outside those regions need not be avoided. Additional counties may be added or subtracted as FDA traceback investigation continues.
For example, romaine lettuce harvested from areas that include, but are not limited to, the following do not appear to be related to the current outbreak:
• the desert growing region near Yuma, Arizona
• the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County
• the counties of Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz in California
• the state of Florida
Additionally, there is no evidence hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine is related to the current outbreak, and there is, also, no recommendation to avoid romaine from these sources.
Restaurants and Retailers:
Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara counties in California. Romaine from outside those regions need not be avoided. See the list above of examples of growing areas not related to the current outbreak. Retailers and restaurants should discard any recalled product.
Retailers should ensure that there is labeling with the harvest date and location on each bag of romaine, or that there is signage when labels are not an option.
SB 252 is a senate bill that recently passed to assist in the governance of water sustainability. SB252 now requires local jurisdictions to post all NEW water well applications for public review. Tulare County Environmental Health Division will be adhering to this new requirement starting January 2018 via this website. SB252 Text
The Environmental health 24-hour emergency notification number is 624-7400. After normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8am to 12pm) the call will be answered by our answering service, ABC Communications. The answering service will contact the assigned on-call EH emergency response personnel.
Help keep Tulare County clean by taking Household Hazardous Waste to the Visalia Corp Yard, or to one of our many Clean Up Events! Clean up Events days and times are posted under public information.