Are pets allowed in food establishments? What is the best way to address my concerns?

In general, animals/pets are not allowed in a food establishment unless under approved circumstances. Arizona Food Code (6-501.115) prohibits animals from being present in food preparation areas of food establishments due to risk of contamination. Service animals and patrol dogs are allowed in areas not designated for food preparation such as dining and sales areas, provided no risk exists for the potential contamination of food, equipment, utensils, or linens. Pets are also allowed in group homes or residential care facilities at times other than meal service provided no risk exists for the potential contamination of food, equipment, utensils, or linens. The Department of Environmental Health encourages patrons to communicate concerns to the person in charge of the establishment when concerns related to the presence of animals in the facility exist. Please see the following links for additional information regarding service animals.

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