What are the responsibilities of the Madison County Health Department’s Food Protection Division?
The MCHD Food Protection Division is to license and inspect retail food establishments in Madison County to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness. These establishments include restaurants, bars, school cafeterias, bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and mobile food vendors.
What rules/ordinances do the Food Protection Division use?
How often are food establishments inspected?
Food establishments are inspected approximately twice a year by trained inspectors. The frequency of inspections is based on the type of food served. Restaurants preparing food from raw ingredients are inspected more often than convenience store that serve only non-potentially hazardous foods, such as popcorn and soda. Inspections are also conducted in response to a consumer complaint or as part of a foodborne illness investigation.
How are food establishments graded?
Violations found during an inspection fall into the critical or non-critical category. Critical items can have a direct impact on the safety of food and the potential for Foodborne illness. Non-critical items can play a role in overall performance of the facility, but alone do not directly affect food safety. These are usually sanitation or maintenance issues.
What are some examples of critical violations?
Touching ready to eat foods with bare hands
Food from an unapproved source
Poor personal hygiene and employee health
What are some examples of non-critical violations?
Equipment in poor repair
Workers not wearing hair restraints (hair nets or caps)
Outside trash not covered
How long does an establishment have to correct a violation?
When is an establishment ordered to close?
How are complaints made against a food establishment?
What is a temporary food establishment?
A temporary food establishment operates only at events and celebrations such as fairs and festivals.
What is a mobile food establishment?
What are the procedures to open a new restaurant?
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