A GUIDE TO FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES

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A person who wishes to serve food to the public is required by law to first obtain a license from the City of Kent Health Department. These licenses are issued following a review of facility plans/menu and assuring compliance with Ohio’s Food Safety Regulations. Routine inspections during the operation of the food service assess the operator's success in assuring that routine practices are conducted in a safe and sanitary manner.

Keep in mind that any inspection report is a "snapshot" of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a food facility could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection may not be representative of the overall compliance of the facility.

INSPECTION PROCESS

Inspection Frequency: Foods Facility inspections are conducted one to four times per year, depending on the complexity of the menu, and how much is made in advance rather than cooked-to-order (i.e. a restaurant that makes chili in bulk and serves for a couple days).

Violations (Two types of violations may be cited):

  • Critical Violations: Violations of the Ohio’s Food Safety Regulations, which, if left uncorrected, are more likely than other violations to directly contribute to food contamination or illness. Examples include poor temperature control of food, improper cooking, cooling, refrigeration or reheating temperatures. Such problems can create environments that cause germs to grow and thrive, which puts the consumer at risk for food-borne illness.
  • Non-Critical Violations: Violations not directly related to the cause of food-borne illness, however if uncorrected, could affect the operation of the foodservice and lead to critical violations. Examples include a lack of facility cleanliness and maintenance or improper cleaning of equipment and utensils.

Types of Inspections

  • Standard: This inspection is unannounced to the food facility. An inspector will conduct a complete inspection covering all items in the regulations for compliance.
  • Critical Control Point (CCP): These inspections can be scheduled or unannounced at a food facility. The inspector spends time discussing the food facility's processes and educates the employees on proper procedures.
  • Follow-up Inspection: This is an inspection for the specific purpose of re-inspecting items that were not in compliance at the time of the routine inspection. These inspections are scheduled.
  • Complaint: This is an unannounced inspection conducted as a result of a complaint received by the health department. The specifics of the complaint will be evaluated and discussed with the person in charge. Critical violations will be investigated within 24 hours and non critical violations will be investigated in 72 hours.

For information about Food Safety, please visit our website. http://www.kentpublichealth.org/food_safety.php

To submit a complaint on a licensed facility visit http://www.kentpublichealth.org/complaints/index.php