What do Public Health Inspectors do?
Public Health Inspectors in Perth County routinely visit food premises within the county to:
- conduct routine inspections
- do re-inspections; and
- follow-up on complaints and suspected foodborne illnesses.
The premises visited include: restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, farmers’ markets, chip trucks, hospital kitchens, and daycare centre kitchens, to mention a few.
What happens during a public health inspection?
During inspections, Public Health Inspectors look at:
- food storage temperatures, hot and cold
- cooking, reheating and cooling times and temperatures of food
- personal hygiene of employees, including good hand hygiene
- food production methods and procedures
- flow of food through receiving, storage, preparation, and service
- dish and equipment washing and sanitizing procedures
- food sources
- pest control
- methods of garbage collection, holding and disposal
- cleanliness of floors, walls, ceilings, equipment and other surfaces.
Annual risk assessments are completed at every food premises in Perth County. During the risk assessment, Public Health Inspectors consider:
- the types of food sold
- how food is prepared
- the population served
- the compliance record of the food premises
- the premises’ history regarding foodborne illnesses.
The risk assessment will determine if the establishment is high, moderate or low risk. The number of routine inspections a premises receives each year is based on this risk rating:
- a high-risk restaurant will be inspected once every four months
- a moderate-risk restaurant will be inspected once every six months
- a low-risk premises, like a convenience store, will be inspected once every 12 months.
Copies of inspection reports are available on request from the Health Unit. If you wish to receive information on a food premises, please contact the Administrative Assistant for the Health Protection Department at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 252.