Food Safety

It is the policy of the campus to ensure that all food facilities are constructed and operated so as to protect the health and safety of all students, employees, and campus visitors. This is accomplished by enforcement of applicable provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, ongoing education, and inspection of all businesses selling, offering for sale, or giving away food or beverages. EH&S conducts quarterly inspections of the food facilities on campus to ensure their compliance with health codes, and investigates complaints of food-related illnesses. To report a complaint about campus food safety, contact Kitty Woldow at 459-1448.

Permits are necessary to hold food sales or give-aways on campus by any student organization or group. These permits are issued through SOAR for organizations registered with them, or by EH&S for non-registered organizations. To have a permit signed by EH&S, you must make an appointment. To ensure you can get an appointment, you should contact EH&S at least two weeks prior to your event, or you may not be authorized to hold the event as planned. Download the permit application form below, fill it out, call Kitty at 459-1448 if you have questions, or call the EH&S office at 459-2553 to schedule a time for signing. Applications brought in without an appointment may not be signed.

UCSC Food Safety Documents

UCSC policy and procedures for temporary food facility operations

UCSC policy and procedures for permanent food facilities

UCSC Purchasing Department's guidance on how to purchase catering services for UCSC events, including a list of pre-approved caterers

UCSC food sanitation procedures

Application for permit to sell or give away food on campus provided by student or staff organizations
Word format, download and fill out electronically for submission to EH&S, or print out and fill in hardcopy to be delivered to EH&S for approval

Application for permit to temporarily sell or give away food on campus provided by offsite commercial vendors
Word format, download and fill out electronically for submission to EH&S, or print out and fill in hardcopy to be delivered to EH&S for approval

UCSC Campus Food Facility Inspection Results

EHS inspects campus food facilities on a quarterly basis. The latest inspection results are shown below, in the same format as that used by the county. For more information on violation categories and to view local restaurant results, see the Santa Cruz County public notification page.

Go to UCSC campus food facility inspection results.

Information Resources

Most foodborne illnesses are believed to originate in the home. Reuse of shopping bags creates an opportunity for cross contamination of foods. Reusable bags were collected at random from consumers as they entered grocery stores in California and Arizona. Large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and coliform bacteria in half. Escherichia coli were identified in 12% of the bags and a wide range of enteric bacteria, including several opportunistic pathogens. Read the whole study here, including how to protect yourself.

Federal food safety site

FDA's listing of food recalls, withdrawals, and safety alerts

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service

California Retail Food Code