City of Portsmouth, Health Department, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Tel: (603) 610-7273

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The Portsmouth Health Department provides Environmental Health services for the protection of Portsmouth residents and visitors.

This is achieved through food establishment regulation, inspections and food safety education, and response to potential public health hazards including communicable diseases.

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Health Officer:
Kim McNamara
Phone:(603) 610 -7273
Deputy Health Officer:
Kristin Shaw
Phone:(603) 610-7238
Health Dept. Fax:(603) 427-1593
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Address: City of Portsmouth
Health Department
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • As we move into the Holiday season, the Health Department would like to remind you that food borne bacteria don’t take holidays, so be mindful of food safety as you prepare your Holiday feasts.

    The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s website is filled with tips, recipes and food safety advice, all in one location. The website also includes kid’s activities and handy shopping organizers and checklists!

    Additional food safety resources (available in English and Spanish) available:

    Thanksgiving - Keep Food Safe has tips and reminders for handling and preparing a turkey and leftovers:

    And the Meat and Poultry Hotline, operated by the USDA, will be staffed on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00AM – 2:00PM EST for any cooks looking for a little help or advice while preparing their meals. This service offers specialists who also speak Spanish. 1-800-MPHOTLINE (1-800-674-6854)

    Consumers can also consult “Ask Karen,” the virtual Food Safety Information Service representative 24 hours a day, at

    Winter Holiday food safety information, tips and recommendations for topics such as making homemade eggnog safely, getting the most out of your holiday roasts and avoiding food poisoning at your holiday party can be found here as well:

    Have a food safe Holiday season!