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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 ten working days after proper information is submitted to the department.

Plan Review Information

Before a health permit is issued, every new or extensively remodeled facility must undergo a plan review process.  The purpose of a plan review is to verify that the structure, equipment, proposed menu and food handling are safe and in compliance with the food code.  A well designed facility will have sanitation built in and assist in preventing foodborne illness, which is the ultimate goal. 

The plan review process:
1) Submit the Plan Review Application with plan review fee.
2) A plan review will be conducted.
3) You will receive notification of plans being approved or changes required.
4) At any time, we would be happy to conduct an on-site visit to see progress.
5) A fully completed health permit application is submitted and fee paid.
6) Your health permit will only be issued after your health permit application has been completed and a pre-operational inspection is conducted.   

Plans must be approved by this department before construction or remodeling can begin.
Health permits are not transferable from one owner to another nor is a permit transferable to any location, building, or place other than that which it was originally issued.
Please contact this department at (618) 296-6079 for any remodeling to determine if a plan review is required.

Restaurant Plan Review Application

Illinois Food Code Changes

In 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health repealed the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code, and adopted the FDA 2017 Model Food Code.  The Madison County Health Department began January 1, 2019 using the FDA 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):



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.   

For more information please click on the links provided:

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