2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2018 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2017 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

2017 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT NEWSLETTER

Will County Health Department issues a Food Service Newsletter annually. This newsletter is a good resource for trending food service topics. The option to download this newsletter is available at the end of this article.

Food Safety Program

Food Safety Program

Permitting and Inspections of Food Service Establishments by the Department of Health

The Environmental Health Division conducts plan reviews, registers and issues permits for all new and remodeled food service and food store facilities including temporary facilities established for specific events, mobile food service units and registers cottage food operations. Environmental Health Division inspectors also conduct opening and routine food safety inspections of more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the County of Will. 

Food Establishment Safety Inspections

Enforcing Provisions of the of the Food Sanitation Code

In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code and the Will County Food Service and Retail Food Store Sanitation Ordinance, inspectors from the Environmental Health Division of WCHD carry out food safety inspections at more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the county.

Food Establishment Licensing and Permitting

Submitting Applications and Inspections

Before constructing or remodeling a food service establishment, a proposal shall be submitted to the Division of Environmental Health at the WCHD. Use the Food Establishment checklist to organize all the required documentation for a plan review. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed. Plan review payments must be made at the time of submission and can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078.


Temporary Food/Drink Event Establishment Permitting

Submitting Applications and Forms for Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service permit is required for outdoor food festivals, pancake breakfasts, and other events where food is served to the public on a temporary basis. In order to obtain a permit, review the Temporary Food and/or Drink Service Establishments Brochure, complete the Application for Temporary Food Events and submit the application form and fee to the WCHD at least 7 days prior to the event. Temporary food service permit payments can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078. 

Applications may be submitted via email at eh@willcountyhealth.org 

Food Recalls Safeguard Public Health

Potentially Harmful Food Products can be removed from the Market by the Food Recall Process

Once a food product is marketed to a wide range of consumers in different markets, unexpected problems can occur. Some common problems include contamination at the processing stage that may leave an organism in the product that could make consumers ill, mislabeling of a product or the discovery of a potential allergen in the product.

Mobile Vending

Movable Food Service Regulations

Mobile vending operations refer to a readily movable truck, trailer, or push cart food service. Food provided by mobile venders comes from a business that is licensed and inspected by a health authority. Mobile units must be serviced and re-supplied from a fixed and licensed commissary to which they return daily. 

Cottage Food Operation

Foods Made in Home Kitchens

The Cottage Food Operation Law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at Illinois farmers' markets with limited regulation. Operators must register with the health department and obtain the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate. 
Filing a Complaint

Filing a Complaint

How to File a Complaint with the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division

The Will County Health Department Environmental Division processes complaints from the public involving food establishments (whether it be food borne or non-food borne issues), swimming and body art facilities and problem with sewage and wells.

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Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLES

SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLES

Mid-September Heat Keeps Mosquito Season Alive and Well

The Will County Health Department operates a total of 12 mosquito traps.
FIRST ILLINOIS HUMAN WNV DEATH OF YEAR IN KANKAKEE COUNTY

FIRST ILLINOIS HUMAN WNV DEATH OF YEAR IN KANKAKEE COUNTY

State Human West Nile Virus Cases and Deaths Way Down this Year

A Kankakee County resident who tested positive for West Nile virus died earlier this month.
AS MOSQUITO SEASON WINDS DOWN, SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE SAMPLES FOUND

AS MOSQUITO SEASON WINDS DOWN, SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE SAMPLES FOUND

Health Department Numbers: 41 of 190 Batches Tested were Positive for WNV

So far in 2017, the Health Department has tested 190 mosquito samples, with 41 of them showing positive signs of West Nile Virus
NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH: FOCUSING ON EATING OUT AND IN

NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH: FOCUSING ON EATING OUT AND IN

Teaching Your Children Well From the Beginning, Especially on Cleanliness

Education about keeping food safe and preparing it safely applies to the restaurants where we eat as well as the homes where we live.
MOSQUITO SEASON CONTINUES: HEALTH DEPT FINDS TEN MORE POSITIVE WNV BATCHES

MOSQUITO SEASON CONTINUES: HEALTH DEPT FINDS TEN MORE POSITIVE WNV BATCHES

Health Department Has Now Tested 172 Mosquito Batches, 35 Positive for West Nile Virus

Positive samples from municipalities brings Will County grand total to 54.
WEST NILE NUMBERS: 150 MOSQUITO BATCHES TESTED, 25 POSITIVE FOR WNV

WEST NILE NUMBERS: 150 MOSQUITO BATCHES TESTED, 25 POSITIVE FOR WNV

Additional Positive Samples Recently Reported by Will Co Health Environmental

Eight recent additional mosquito batches tested positive for West Nile Virus.
MOSQUITO NUMBERS: 131 BATCHES TESTED, 17 POSITIVE FOR WNV

MOSQUITO NUMBERS: 131 BATCHES TESTED, 17 POSITIVE FOR WNV

Latest Positive Samples Include from Joliet, Frankfort, Lockport

Seventeen positive samples out of the 131 that have been collected this mosquito season.
LATEST POSITIVE WEST NILE MOSQUITO TESTS INCLUDE FIRST ONE FROM SHOREWOOD

LATEST POSITIVE WEST NILE MOSQUITO TESTS INCLUDE FIRST ONE FROM SHOREWOOD

Other Positive Batches from Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Bolingbrook

Five additional collected mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile Virus, all of which were collected in late July.
WEST NILE UPDATE: TWO MORE MOSQUITO BATCHES TEST POSITIVE

WEST NILE UPDATE: TWO MORE MOSQUITO BATCHES TEST POSITIVE

Total of Seven Positive Batches Now Collected from 12 Different Health Department Traps

The two samples were collected on July 21st in Joliet and July 24th in Crete.
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