Food Protection Overview

The Clinton County Health Department strives to maintain a good working relationship with food service establishment owners and operators to ensure a high standard of food service sanitation, protect the public from contracting foodborne diseases and prevention of disease transmission.  All food service establishments within Clinton County must possess a valid food service permit and are routinely inspected to ensure that Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code requirements are being followed.  Temporary food service stands operating for two to fourteen days for a single event must apply for and obtain a food permit up to three weeks prior to the event and are then inspected during the event.

New, remodeled or converted food service establishments are required to complete a Plan Review Application and submit building plans with specifications to the Health Department for approval prior to construction. Establishments closed for more than 90 days or have a change of ownership are required to contact the Health Department and schedule a pre-operational inspection prior to opening and issuance of a food permit.

Complaints and reports of illegal home kitchen operations (see description below) are investigated and handled in a confidential manner. Foodborne illness investigations are also conducted by the Health Department.

Category I (high risk) food service establishments are required to have a Certified Food Service Sanitation Manager (FSSMC) on duty whenever food is prepared or cooked. Category II (medium risk) establishments are required to have a minimum of one full-time FSSMC at each establishment.  All other food handlers who are not a FSSMC must complete a Food Handler Training Course within 30 days after employment.

Bake sales as fundraisers do not require a food permit from the Health Department but are restricted to non-potentially hazardous baked goods.  A person who produces or packages a non-potentially hazardous baked good in their home for sale by a religious, charitable or nonprofit organization for fundraising purposes is allowed.

Cottage Food Operators are required to register annually with the Health Department before selling products (restricted to a few specific non-potentially hazardous foods) to the public only at farmers markets. Cottage Food Operators must follow regulations outlined in the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.

Home Kitchen Operations are NOT permitted by the Clinton County Health Department.  Any person cooking and preparing food or baked goods in their home for retail sale or food service to the public is in violation of the County and State Food Service Sanitation Codes and should be reported to the Health Department.  Municipalities that have adopted and enforce an ordinance authorizing home kitchen operations may allow for the sale of only non-potentially hazardous baked goods directly to consumers.

 


*Single day events are not required to obtain a Temporary Food Permit.  Instead, food safety education materials and guidelines from the Health Department should be obtained and followed. 

*Food Service Establishments are required to renew their Food Permits annually before May 30th.


  

Forms

First Time Food Permit Applications

Food Permit Renewal Application with Online Payment

Other Applications

 

Documents

 

Resources

Foodsafety.gov
https://www.foodsafety.gov/

Illinois Department of Public Health, Food Safety
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/food-safety

Partnership for Food Safety Education, School Curricula & Activities
http://www.fightbac.org/kidsfoodsafety/

US Department of Agriculture, Preparing for a Weather Emergency
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/emergency-preparedness/preparing-for-a-weather-emergency/ct_index

US Food and Drug Administration, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/ucm2006811.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/norovirus/index.html

Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700750sections.html

Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1578&ChapAct=410%C2%A0ILCS%C2%A0625/&ChapterID=35&ChapterName=PUBLIC%20HEALTH&ActName=Food%20Handling%20Regulation%20Enforcement%20Act.

FDA Food Code
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/ucm374275.htm

Clinton County Food Service Sanitation Code
County’s Ordinances, Chapter 18, Article II