Enviro~Connections ALERT (November 16, 2018)

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November 16, 2018 


About Us


Maricopa County Environmental Services provides essential, regional environmental services seeking to prevent and remove environmental health risks. The Department’s Environmental Health Specialists and Field Technicians are in the community every day making sure that among other things, food in all the eating and drinking establishments in the County is protected from contamination, that water supplies throughout the County are safe to drink, and that vector borne health illnesses and risks are minimized. It is our belief that with continued support, future generations will reap the benefits of today’s actions.

Contact Us

For all Environmental Services Permitting, you may visit:

Development Services Center

Development Services Center Planning & Development / Environmental Services Department

501 N. 44th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (Map)

Phone: (602) 506-6616

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m

Monday thru Friday

(Excluding Holidays) 

Department Locations & Hours


Need assistance en Español or in 中文 for your food related business?


Nuestros representantes o enlaces para negocios hispanos de venta de alimentos están disponibles para asistirles entendiendo las necesidades culturales de su negocio y asistiéndoles en su idioma.

Do you need to make sure that your ethnic foods meet Maricopa County Health Code standards? Our language liaisons are available to assist you!

Chinese Words


Llámenos hoy! Call us today:

(602) 506-3408

MCESD Environmental Health Division Office Locations:

Eastern Regional Office (Map)
106 E. Baseline Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 372-3000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Northern Regional Office (Map)
15023 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 483-4703

8:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Western Regional Office (Map)
16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Suite #105
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: (623) 939-5788

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Mobile Food Office (Map)
1645 E. Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 506-6872

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate

A Certified Food Protection Manager shall obtain a CFPM Certificate after successful completion of a test from a Food Protection Manager Certification program as described in the 2013 FDA Food Code, § 2-102.20. 
Maricopa County does not provide this testing or instruction for the Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate. 

The following is a list of Food Manager Certification providers that currently are ANSI-Accredited providers of Food Manager Testing, as described in the FDA 2013 Food Code §2-102.20.

For Food Manager Certification Training, you may visit the currently ANSI-Accredited provider of Food Manager Training listed below:  

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Break the Cycle!

Food Safety

You received a repetitive violation on your most recent inspection.  What does this mean?  First and foremost, repetitive violations may represent an ongoing risk of foodborne illness to consumers.  Second, repetitive violations can eventually impact the status of your permit to operate.  What can you do?  Maricopa County Environmental Services has the tools to help you break the cycle of repetitive violations:

  1. Active Managerial Control Intervention Visit: When a repeat priority violation occurs, your inspector will offer to return to your business to help you develop an Active Managerial Control plan. This Active Managerial Control (AMC) Intervention Visit is free. Achieving AMC of repetitive violations begins with 3 simple steps:  developing a policy, training staff, and verifying that the plan is carried out. Click here to learn more!
  2. Active Managerial Control Class:  When the same priority violation is documented on 3 consecutive inspections, you will have the option of attending our nationally-recognized Active Managerial Control Class.  Attending the AMC class will defer any legal action until your next inspection.  If the violation is corrected on the inspection following the class, you’ve broken the cycle!  Click here to learn more!
AMC Class -- Violations reduction

Active Managerial Control Class attendees have reduced the occurrence of priority violation by over 1/2  

To learn more about the procedures described above click here.

 Good news!  Our AMC Class is open to anyone interested in attending and it’s free.  You can sign up now by visiting esd.maricopa.gov  

Food Defense

Food Protection

One of Maricopa County Environmental Services Department’s (ESD) primary goals is to ensure that consumers have safe food to eat.  To this end, ESD implements requirements to prevent food from being adulterated, either accidentally or intentionally. 

Food defense means the effort to protect food from intentional acts of adulteration.  Food establishments that apply effective food defense strategies can significantly reduce the likelihood of an intentional adulteration.    

What can food service operators do?

  • If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Notify management if you observe something suspicious.
  • Secure open containers of food or ingredients.
  • Control access of employees, delivery personnel, and patrons to food storage and preparation areas.
  • As appropriate, keep doors locked to prevent access to food preparation and storage areas, including loading docks.
  • Monitor self-service areas (i.e. salad bars, condiment areas, open bulk containers, etc.) for evidence of tampering.
  • Monitor products on retail shelves for evidence of tampering (i.e. damaged packages, evidence of resealing of packages, leaking packages, etc.).
  • Monitor the security of the premises as appropriate.
  • Conduct background checks on employees.
  • Train employees on awareness of suspicious activity and reporting procedures.


Every day of the year is a struggle for those experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County, but generous people who want to help can give in a way that has meaning and impact beyond one meal.

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To Learn more, please visit: GiveSmartAZ.org   

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