Food Safety Summit


This year’s Harris County Food Safety Summit has been cancelled but we will continue to strive to be your partner in food safety.

The food safety summit theme for this year was set to be “The Building Blocks of Food Safety”. While we won't be able to discuss and celebrate the industry in person this year, we feel the best way we can build together is by staying physically apart. 

Additionally, the HCPH team has compiled a vast array of signage, guidance documents, and other resources for you to navigate through the covid-19 pandemic. Please visit our covid-19 webpage for these resources.

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Check out what happened at the 2019 summit!

About the Food Safety Summit

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) Division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) ensures the integrity of the food supply within Harris County. The division oversees approximately 9000 retail food establishments located within unincorporated areas of the county and the 23 cities without health departments. Retail food establishments include: restaurants, fast food outlets, grocery stores, convenience stores, bars, day care centers, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, bakeries, mobile food units and temporary events. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six Americans becomes ill by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Centers for Disease Control shows that in unincorporated Harris County in 2017, there were 17 foodborne disease outbreaks, 386 unconfirmed illnesses and 2 deaths.

EPH works hard to lower those statistics. This annual event was created to educate food establishment owners and managers on safe food handling practices, foodborne illness prevention strategies and how to avoid common violations. The highly praised Food Safety Summit is now in its sixth year and is free of charge.