| Source: Health Department ||EQ Goal2 ||4/1/2014|
|About this measure:|
|The Health Department receives complaints from the public on concerns with sanitation in food establishments and from people that believe they have become ill from eating food. Complaints on foodborne illness are a top priority and are investigated quickly.|
|Why this is important:|
|Safe food is important to everyone. The Health Department Food Safety Program’s primary goal is to prevent foodborne illness and deaths from food produced at the retail level. Foodborne illness poses a significant burden of illness. Applying CDC estimates to Lancaster County, each year about 50,000 people contract foodborne illness, 120 are hospitalized and 3 die.|
|What is being done:|
|The Food Safety Program:|
- provides food handler training to about 12,000 workers each year;
- permits over 2000 certified Food Protection Managers;.
- conducts over 2,300 inspections of about 1,300 permitted food establishments (restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, etc.) each year;
- reviews plans for new and remodeled facilities;
- helps managers implement actions to prevent foodborne illness and improve sanitation;
- investigates complaints and foodborne illness outbreaks; and
- takes enforcement actions when violations pose a risk to the public’s health.
The Food Safety Program is based on the 2009 FDA Food Code, and is guided by FDA Retail Food Program Standards and the Food Advisory Committee.