July 1, 2022 (ALERT)

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July 1, 2022


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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.

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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Third-Party Delivery Services and Open Drink Orders

How your business can fill the gap


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The use of third-party delivery services has increased in popularity over the past several years. In many cases, the use of these services has become a necessity for business owners, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An issue that has arisen here in Maricopa County, with third-party delivery services and food service establishments, has to do with third-party delivery drivers filling open drink orders. Per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s 2017 Food Code, one of the duties of the Person in Charge (PIC) of a food establishment is to ensure that employees are properly trained in food safety. Third-party delivery drivers are not employees of the food service establishments and their food safety training cannot be verified by the PIC of these establishments. Open drink orders that are filled for delivery must be filled by trained employees of the food service establishment, not by third-party delivery drivers. 

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One solution to this issue is to offer only canned or bottled beverages through these services.

For additional information regarding third-party delivery services and food safety, see the Conference for Food Protection’s guidance. Do not hesitate to contact your Environmental Health Specialist if you have questions or would like to discuss additional options for your business.

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