The Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Line ( 828-695-6650 ) is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. Thanks in advance for your patience.
The County will be observing some facility closures in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Line will be open. Click HERE to learn more.

Food Safety at Home

Below are some useful links and documents regarding food safety and food establishment regulation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Want to prevent foodborne illness at events with family and friends? The FDA has a simple fact sheet with all the basics, from cooking temperatures to how to clean and store food.
  • Power outages, floods and more can happen at any time. Be prepared. FDA reminds you to "Keep it Safe", with information regarding food safety in an emergency.
  • E Coli is a foodborne disease which can be contracted from many foods. It is a serious, sometimes fatal disease which can be avoided by proper food handling. Learn how to avoid becoming ill with this disease by reading this Information on E Coli.
  • Want to know more about organisms causing foodborne disease? Visit the FDA Bad Bug Book.
  • The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service has an extensive list of links to publications and documents on food safety.
  • The FDA has a page especially for children on food safety.
  • is a gateway to government information on food safety.