Restaurant Public Health Inspectors
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What Public Health Inspectors Do at Restaurants
State and city health inspectors protect public welfare by ensuring that eating establishments are in compliance with state health codes. The main goal of public health inspectors is to prevent foodborne illnesses by looking for these types of violations in restaurants:
- Food stored at unsafe temperatures or unsafe storage
Employee hygiene and unclean restrooms
Other general unsanitary conditions like rodent droppings
Some states have even gone so far as to require that food establishments be inspected a certain number of times a year without announcement.
What Happens If a Restaurant Violates a Health Code?
State agencies have the power to require that food establishments be in compliance with health codes. Those in violation can receive any or several of these penalties:
Closure of the establishment
Unannounced follow-up visits
Mandatory attendance to "Serve Safe" courses (food safety class)
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Health Violation?
A restaurant that is in violation with the health code usually receives a comparable penalty and an opportunity to be cleaned and reexamined for compliance with the code. However, repeated violations are a serious problem that could lead to liability to customers or submitting to an administrative hearing. Contacting a lawyer in your area is wise when you need legal representation for issues regarding your business.
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Last Modified: 03-04-2014 03:26 PM PST
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