Food Safety

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Overview

My primary function as Health Officer involves the inspection and licensing of food establishments in Salem. All food establishments (196) are routinely inspected twice per year and follow-up inspections are conducted to ensure critical code violations are corrected in a timely fashion. In addition, complaints and reports of food borne illnesses are investigated. The mission of this program is to protect the food supply and prevent citizens from contracting food borne illnesses. In addition to sanitation issues, food establishments are monitored to ensure they understand and implement the three basic principles of food safety: personal hygiene for food handlers, time and temperature control of food items and cross-contamination prevention. These efforts will help to provide a more knowledgeable workforce and a safer environment for consumers. An additional component of the food safety program is the participation in the state’s Health Alert Network. Information concerning food outbreaks and food recalls are provided to this office and a grant from this program allowed the acquisition of new technology. This new equipment and an inspection data base will assist in improving monitoring and documentation of inspectional activities.

Resources
Food Safety Information for Consumers
Application for Food Service License
Plan Review Information for New Restaurants
Town of Salem Food Establishment Regulations
Menu Advisory
Food Safety Tips During Power Outage
Emergency Action Plan for Food Establishments
Food Safety Info for Food Establishments
Food Recalls
FDA Food Code

News
Wild Mushroom Warning
Holiday Food Safety Tips