Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sanitarians inspect licensed food service operators and retail food establishments for proper food storage, handling, preparation and serving. In 2008, Public Health sanitarians conducted more than 7,400 inspections at more than 2,700 facilities, including restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, daycare centers and more.
Many of these inspection reports are available for review online. The internet offers an opportunity to share that information, which may assist you in being a well-informed consumer.
We ask that you keep in mind that any inspection report is a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. On any other day, an establishment could have fewer or more violations than noted on the day of the report. An inspection report may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions within an establishment. It is also important to note that a violation at an operation which is part of a restaurant chain indicates a problem only at that particular location. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full service food operation can routinely be violation free.
Depending on the type of facility, inspections occur unannounced, one to four times per year, not including follow-up inspections. A sanitarian may also choose to conduct additional inspections throughout the course of the year if he/she feels the facility needs extra guidance/monitoring.
Sanitarians inspect restaurants and food establishments for compliance with Ohio’s Uniform Food Safety Code, including proper food storage, handling, preparation and serving. Food Code violations are broken down into two categories: critical and non-critical.
Public Health staff have always practiced education over enforcement. In addition to required inspections, Public Health offers food safety training for licensed food service operators and retail food establishments to ensure that food service staff understand and follow proper food handling procedures.
Montgomery County residents are now able to view inspection reports from licensed food service operators and retail food establishments inspected by Public Health (Montgomery County, excluding the city Oakwood).
NOTE: Online inspection reports are available for a period of two (2) years. For older reports contact the Environmental Health office.
Online inspection reports not only help sanitarians complete their work more efficiently, they also give residents an inside look at what a public health sanitarian sees during an inspection. It is important to understand, however, that inspection information provided here shows only the conditions of the facility at the time of the inspection. A single inspection report should not be used to evaluate a food service establishment. Looking at a facility’s inspection results over a period of time gives a more accurate picture of that facility’s commitment to food safety and sanitation.