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, 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.

How to Obtain Inspection Reports

Copies of inspection reports are available from the Health Unit. Please contact the Administrative Assistant for the Health Protection Department at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 252.