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THD Keeps Fairgoers Safe From Foodborne Illness

TULSA, OK – [September 26, 2022] – The Tulsa Health Department (THD) has a long history of working closely with the Tulsa State Fair to ensure that fairgoers can indulge in their favorite fair cuisine without fear of contracting a foodborne illness. This year, the fair will include approximately 220 individual food booths that will be inspected to determine compliance with State food regulations.

Food inspectors will be educating fair vendors about food safety and conducting frequent inspections to ensure that the vendors are using safe food handling practices. This practice has proven very effective in protecting the public.

THD inspectors will put in approximately 493 hours throughout the duration of the fair while conducting approximately 495 food inspections. They will educate vendors on appropriate food handling procedures and most importantly, ensure that proper handwashing techniques are used.

THD works to safeguard public health through education on safe food handling practices and the regulation of food service establishments. Over the past two years, THD inspectors have performed more than 13,277 inspections of approximately 4,800 local food service establishments.

THD advises that attendees of large events, such as the Tulsa State Fair, should be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines to provide the best protection. In accordance with guidelines from the CDC for areas with high risk transmission levels according to the CDC County Tracker, THD recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor areas. Additionally, frequent handwashing or the use of hand sanitizer are encouraged. Anyone who is symptomatic or who has been recently in close, prolonged contact with an infected individual should stay home and seek testing for COVID-19. 

For more information or concerns about food safety, please visit our Food Safety page or call 918-595-4300. For more information on COVID-19 and vaccines, please visit our COVID-19 page.

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