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The goal of the Food Sanitation Program is to protect citizens from contracting and transmitting foodborne diseases and to educate food service operators and consumers about safe food handling practices.

Routine inspections are unannounced and based upon the food handling activities of each establishment. Category 1 receives 3 inspections per year, Category 2 receives 2 inspections per year, and Category 3 receives 1 inspection per year.

Complaints are investigated within seven working days. Foodborne illness, fire, and other disaster investigations are conducted immediately.  Consultations and in-services are provided upon request. Plan reviews are conducted within five working days after proper information is submitted to the department.

Illinois Food Code Changes

In 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health repealed the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code, and adopted the FDA 2013 Model Food Code.  Changes in the new food code will affect operating procedures for all Madison County food service establishments.  Some of the changes include the following (any policies provided below are examples and facilities may use either these or create their own):


The Madison County Health Department will begin using the new food code in 2018.  To educate food handlers and provide facilities with the new rules and regulations, Health Department staff are providing a 90 minute training on the important changes to the food code.  There is no charge to attend the training presentation, and training is NOT mandatory.  Seating is limited; pre-registration is recommended.  Please register by contacting us at 618-296-6079 or by e-mail: kasemanisin@co.madison.il.us

Daytime presentations will be offered at the Madison County Health Department, 101 East Edwardsville Road, Wood River, IL at the dates/times listed below. 

Date:  Time: 
 February 5, 2018  10 a.m.
 April 2, 2018  2 p.m.
 June 4, 2018  10 a.m.
 August 6, 2018  2 p.m.
 October 1, 2018  10 a.m.


Food Recall Information

Cottage Food Operation Act

Cottage Food Vendor Registration

The Cottage Food Operation Act became effective in Illinois on January 1, 2012.  The Act requires Cottage Food Operations to register with local health departments before selling products to the public at a Farmers Market. The Act only applies to food sold at a Farmers Market. Click below to download the registration form, cottage food operation information handout, food service sanitation class list and a copy of the entire Act.  If you have any questions, please contact the Environmental Health Division at (618) 296-6079.

Temporary Food Service Establishment

A Temporary Food Service Establishment is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of time not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.  Every food stand operating at a temporary event is required to obtain a Temporary Food Service Sanitation Permit.  Click below to download the application form and guidelines for temporary events.  If you have any questions, please contact the Environmental Health division at (618) 296-6079.

The Health Department is now offering a one-hour Temporary Food Service Safety Class to assist food vendors in handling food safely at temporary events held in Madison County.  The goal of this class is to provide an additional opportunity to ensure that individuals handling, preparing and serving food have the basic knowledge and skills to minimize potential hazards. 

Restaurant and Non-Restaurant Employee Training Information

According to the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), any food handler working in Illinois, unless that person has a valid Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) must have the appropriate, required training.  All food handlers working in restaurants shall have training completed by July 1, 2014. Enforcement will be limited to notification and education from July 1-December 31, 2014. All food handlers working in non-restaurants shall have training completed by July 1, 2016. Enforcement will be limited to notification and education from July 1-December 31, 2016.   

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