Food Service Inspections
As of January 1, 2019 Illinois Department of Public Health adopted the 2017 FDA Food Code. Inspections, no longer are based on a numerical score. Facilities now will PASS, PASS WITH CONDITIONS or FAIL. The higher the threat of a food-borne illness the more inspections are needed. The High Risk "Cat I" Facilities have up to three inspections a year. Medium Risk "Cat II" have up to 2 inspections a year and Low Risk " Cat III" have one inspection a year. Facilities that serve food are required to have a Person In Charge (PIC) who has their Certified Manager Certificate. Facilities are permitted yearly and go through the inspection process.
Any establishment or business that prepares or sells food items for sale without being licensed or inspected, or does so from a kitchen within a private residence, is in direct violation of the Code and should cease all food service operations and contact the CCHD. Non-profit fundraising bake sales, potluck dinners, etc., are considered 'Eat at Your Own Risk' and do not fall under the regulation of the local health department. Such events carry the potential for creating a food-borne illness outbreak due to potentially hazardous foods being prepared for consumption in non-regulated kitchens. Persons whom participate in non-regulated events assume all potential risks and liabilities that could result from a food-born outbreak. For such non-regulated events, please print for display the 'Eat At Your Own Risk' placard from the link on the right side bar. Farmers' markets must follow the rules as outlined in the farmers' market links on the side bar to the right.