Environmental Health/ Emergency Preparedness Director
(618) 634-2297 x 110
Food Service Sanitation Program
Through the food service sanitation program, our Environmental Health staff conduct regular inspections of all food service establishments within the seven counties we serve. This means that the restaurants you eat at in the seven counties have safer food handling practices and their employees have received training in how to keep the food they prepare for you free of disease and bacteria. Restaurants, deli counters, booths at county fairs, and other places selling food are required by county ordinances to go through the process of securing a food service permit.
In the event of an outbreak of food borne illness (food poisoning), our staff conduct an investigation to determine how the illness was caused so additional people do not get sick.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q- What should I do if a family member gets sick after eating at a restaurant?
A- Make a note of what you and the other members of the party ate. If carry out, keep a sample of the food. Get medical attention, stool/vomitus cultures. Call your local health department right away at.
Q- Which area restaurants are the most sanitary?
A- Food scores for the past twelve months are also available on our website: Southern 7 Health Department Food Scores. You may contact the health department sanitarian for inspection details.
Q- Should food service employees always wear gloves when handling food products?
A- Thorough hand washing after each possible contamination or change in process is required. If wearing gloves, they must be changed, accompanied by hand washing after each possible contamination or change in process. The health department requires food service employees to use gloves when preparing ready-to-eat foods in most situations.
Q- If I notice that a food service employee isn’t wearing gloves and is preparing my food how do I approach them?
A- You could ask that they wash their hands or wear gloves and then you could notify the Health Department.