Enviro~Connections ALERT (September 20, 2019)

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September 20, 2019


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!

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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: (602) 506-6980                 -Currently Closed for Business- 

Western Regional Office (Map)
16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Suite #105
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: (602) 506-6015

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)

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September is National Food Safety Month

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Are you on the Cutting Edge of Food Safety?

By Robert Stratman, Environmental Health Managing Supervisor @ E.R.O.

Since September is National Food Safety Month, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) wanted to send out an update on a program that exemplifies what food safety means; The Cutting Edge Program.

Starting in 2011, ESD has offered a recognition program called the Cutting Edge Program, which recognizes food service businesses that have developed and implemented strong food safety systems.  These high performing businesses understand the value of taking an active approach when it comes to keeping their patrons safe.  The data shows that businesses enrolled in the Cutting Edge Program, on average, have a lower incidence of violations during their inspections than businesses that are not enrolled in the program.

The Department values businesses that partner with us to implement the best practices available, which are food safety management systems based on active managerial control (AMC) principles.  To recognize businesses that invest in food safety using AMC, the Environmental Services Department has provided enrollees with printed promotional materials as well as uniquely identifying their businesses on both our website as well as the widely popular online Restaurant Ratings search.

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The Department will continue to reward Cutting Edge Program members through these methods.  Additionally, we want to encourage more food service businesses to make the investment in their business and take advantage of the privileges the Cutting Edge Program has to offer.  Along with stakeholder input, the Department has made some improvements to the program that will begin to be rolled out in September, which is National Food Safety month.

During the month of September, Cutting Edge Program members will be emailed a new recognition certificate that will identify the year of their enrollment (check your inbox and spam folders).  Businesses will be able to print as many copies they like to display in their business and promote their food safety efforts to their customers.  Additionally, the Department has developed new 3”x 3” adhesive clings that can be used to further promote their enrollment in the program.  These will be available for both window front as well as inside wall applications.

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But wait, there is more to come.  The Department has worked hard to remove any hurdles by streamlining both the application process and the inspection process.  Also, Cutting Edge Program members will soon have an opportunity to earn an A+ grade card on inspections!!  All of these updates will be coming in early 2020.

If you are not yet a member of this distinguished program and would like to learn more, please visit our website below.  Click on the Active Managerial Control tab and scroll to the Cutting Edge Program section.  It is free to join and we will help you throughout the entire application process.


Be a Food Safety Superhero!

September is National Food Safety Education Month. Learn how to be a food safety superhero! Take steps to help prevent food poisoning, and show others how to keep food safe.

Click Here or on image below to watch video in the importance of washing hands, utensils and kitchen surfaces.

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