The Health Inspectoins
Health inspections are conducted by government officials at either the federal, state or local level. The typical health inspector has a college science degree and is a specialist trained in proper food quality, maintenance and preparation practices. The main tasks of a health inspector include the following:
Educate restaurateurs and staff on safe food handling and preparation.
Conduct inspections of food service establishments to assure local, state and federal health codes are being followed.
Issue citations or fines in cases of egregious violation.
Collect samples, if necessary, to trace the possible sources of a food poisoning outbreak.
Prepare inspection reports that are available online or on public record at a local office.
Types of Health Inspections
Though health regulations and inspection processes can vary from county to county, there are at least three types of health inspections that can occur at any establishment.
During this unannounced visit, the inspector looks at all aspects of an establishment to assure compliance with the local food regulations. Everything from employee handwashing practices to dumpster lids are looked at during routine inspections.
Usually a customer has either become sick or filed a complaint about possible unsafe practices. Just because a complaint has been filed does not mean the condition exists, but you can be assured the inspector will give your facility the white glove treatment and can take samples of questionable material.
This inspection will occur after an establishment has been given a certain amount of time to correct critical violations. If the inspector says, “I will be back in two weeks to check on your progress”, take them seriously.