San Diego State University is one of the public colleges in the county that runs its own food inspection program. Photo by Sam Hodgson

As much as local diners would probably rather not think about it, food poisoning is an unavoidable, if rare, risk that comes with eating out.

For most, those unlucky incidents end with an uncomfortable night, a visit to the pharmacy and maybe a call to the San Diego County Environmental Health Department, which inspects restaurants for safety and cleanliness.

However, for students, employees and visitors at local public universities, that’s not the place to call.

Colleges in the California State University and University of California systems have the option to establish their own environment, health and safety departments. These departments do everything from managing asbestos to handling hazardous waste, including inspecting restaurants on campus.

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