According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illness outbreaks caused by the mishandling of food occurred most often within the retail segment of the food industry, such as restaurants, markets, schools, camps, churches and institutions, where food is prepared and provided to the public.
It is a shared responsibility of the food industry and the government to ensure that food provided to the consumer is safe and does not become a vehicle in a disease outbreak or in the transmission of communicable disease. This shared responsibility extends to ensuring that consumer expectations are met and that food is unadulterated, prepared in a clean environment and honestly presented
A plan review conducted by the Dubois County Health Department is the initial step to operating a retail food business. After reviewing the floor plan, an application and pre operational inspection will be the next steps towards operation.
The food safety program at the Dubois County Health Department is in place to enforce the Indiana State Food Code through inspection and education of our food establishments in Dubois County. All Establishments selling food to the public are required to have a permit with the Health Department, and are routinely inspected for compliance. Inspection reports are public record after 10 days. The Health Department receives and investigates complaints about food establishments, and investigates any instance of foodborne illness.