Health Department Helps Keep Temporary Events Safe

Health Department Helps Keep Temporary Events Safe

Special Inspections Help Keep Temporary Events Free of Foodborne Illness

If your church, business, club, or community organization sponsors a fundraiser where food is served, you probably know the Will County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health inspects and permits temporary events to insure food safety.

Botulism Outbreak Food For Thought

Botulism Outbreak Food For Thought

Health Department Working To Prevent Similar Incidents

JOLIET -- Foodborne botulism illnesses are rare in the U.S., but a recent outbreak in central Ohio illustrates what can happen when contaminated food is served.

Health Department Warns Of Health Risks Posed By Mexican-Style Cheese From An Unlicensed Source

Statewide Investigation Ongoing

JOLIET – The Will County Health Department is teaming with the Illinois Department of Public Health, and local health jurisdictions across the state to warn consumers of health risks posed by Mexican-style cheese produced from an unlicensed dairy source.

Food Safety Certification Program

Food Safety Certification Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified Food Safety Sanitation Manager. The number of certified food managers is determined by risk and type of facility. That includes establishments that provide full service food preparation as well as those that hold, cool and re-heat food. This person is responsible for overseeing the food handling and preparation process to prevent the occurrence of food-borne illness.

The Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certification program is administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  This program is designed to offer food handlers and supervisors a basic food science background and develop knowledge for the proper handling of food and the sanitary maintenance of food establishments.

The Certificate must be posted prominently and should be in plain view of customers. To obtain a Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certificate you must attend and pass an IDPH approved course. Our course instructors are all IDPH approved.

The FSSMC program is managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Visit their website at  for information about the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager's certificate (FSSMC)

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. 


Remember Food Safety During Holiday Meal Planning

Food Safety Tips

JOLIET --  Family dinners take on special significance during the holiday season, and food safety is especially important during those festive holiday gatherings.  The Will County Health Department reminds area residents that simple precautions can help to ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin your holiday feasts. The following food safety tips should help to ensure that your holiday meals are a smashing success.
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.

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. 

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