The primary objective is the inspection and enforcement of sanitary
standards for restaurants, bars, markets, bakeries, schools, hotels,
hospital kitchens, day care centers, and nursing home kitchens in order
to serve the public, respond to citizen concerns, and achieve
corrections of violations.
Unannounced compliance inspections are conducted for locations that
provide food to the public. When violations of State Health laws are
identified most are corrected on site by management during inspection.
If additional time is needed, the department conducts follow-up
inspections to verify the items are corrected. Enforcement actions are
taken when voluntary compliance is not achieved. The department
currently permits 87 food establishments.
Major violations consist of improper cooking techniques or practices
that could result in food borne illnesses. The first group of major
violations include not re-heating food properly, not keeping food hot
enough, not keeping food cold enough, and not cooking food to proper
temperatures. The second group of major violations include other
practices by employees that could cause food borne illnesses. Examples
of these violations include not washing hands properly, no soap and
paper towels at hand sinks, or improperly storing chemicals.
If you have a question, concern, or complaint please feel free to call us at (806)363-7103.
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