Environmental and Consumer Health

The Environmental and Consumer Health program provides annual inspections of food service establishments located in Jasper and Newton counties.

Food service establishments include restaurants, fast food services (including stores with food they prepare and fountain drinks), bars, nursing homes, school cafeterias, day cares, any facility selling milk or milk products, any entity that provides food to residents or the public, etc.

Inspections include checking food safety temperatures of food, assuring staff washes hands and surfaces when preparing and serving food, personal cleanliness and proper attire while working, assuring hair restraints are being worn, and cleaning and sanitizing during storage of food.

After passing inspection, certificates are issued by Jasper Newton County Public Health District to the food establishments and these should be displayed for public view.

Persons preparing and serving food and/or drinks are required to have annual food handler training and have their current food handler card.