Monday , 29 November 2021

Lorain County Public Health: Food safety matters – from your favorite restaurant to your next tailgate or game-day party

Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) works to prevent people from getting sick or injured — now and in the future. This includes preventing food poisoning when you go out to eat. In fact, LCPH educates and inspects every place in Lorain County that sells food… including more than 1,400 restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks and even vending machines!

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“Our food inspectors work closely with restaurants and other places that sell food in Lorain County,” said Dave Covell, MPH, RS, Health Commissioner at LCPH. “They make sure that the vendors follow Ohio food laws. They also educate vendors on the science behind the laws so they understand how they’re protecting customers from getting sick.”

LCPH food inspectors also:

  • Provide handwashing signs for vendors to hang in their bathrooms and near kitchen sinks.
  • Encourage vendors to donate leftover foods to Lorain County food pantries through the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act.
  • Provide food safety training for food servers and managers.

LCPH reminds residents that food safety also matters at home, at tailgating events and at game day parties. Follow these food safety tips to keep yourself and guests safe from food poisoning:

  • Keep hot foods at 135°F or warmer. Use chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays to keep food hot.
  • Keep cold foods, like salsa and guacamole, at 40°F or colder. Use small service trays or nest serving dishes in bowls of ice.
  • Put cooked food and leftovers in a refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible—always within two hours of preparing, or one hour if the food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F (like a hot car or tailgate party).

For more information on how we make your health & safety our priorities, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit Follow your local health department on Twitter @LorainCoHealthFacebook, or YouTube.

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