The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that Food Establishment Inspections are now available online.
Those utilizing this link and information should note the Henry & Stark County Health Department's food protection program follows a risk-based inspection approach, with an emphasis on eliminating foodborne illness risk factors - the violations which are more likely to lead to consumers getting sick. Environmental Health staff follow the conditions outlined in the Illinois Food Code and the County Ordinance to determine compliance with best practices and to educate food establishment employees during routine, unannounced inspections.
Food establishments with a higher relative risk of causing foodborne illness (based on the large number of food handling operations, vulnerable populations served, or special processes conducted) are inspected more frequently than food establishments with a lower relative risk of causing foodborne illness.
Please be advised that inspections only provide a snapshot of a food establishment's practices, as they are based on what is seen at the time of the inspection. If an establishment does not do well during an inspection, Health Department staff work to educate the food establishment workers to assist with preventing repeat violations.
Compliance and follow-up (recheck) inspections are conducted as needed in addition to the routine inspections. During any type of inspection, Health Department Staff work to educate food establishment employees as to why certain practices are not acceptable and how these practices can contribute to food-borne illness.