From the Logan County
Department of Public Health
Temporary food establishment safety
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[May 31, 2014]
LINCOLN - With warmer
weather approaching, many groups or organizations will
be holding public functions which include the preparing
and/or serving of food at temporary food stands. The
Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code classifies
temporary food service operations as food establishments
which must comply with state food sanitation
regulations. This means any temporary food establishment
that prepares and/or serves food for public consumption,
regardless of whether there is a fee for the food or
not, is to be regulated by local health authorities.
This does not include family gatherings or potlucks.
Logan County has adopted the state code by ordinance and
the health department is tasked with the regulatory
authority for such temporary food establishments to help
protect the public and educate food service workers.
To help achieve compliance, the health department asks that anyone
planning to operate a temporary food establishment or prepare food
for the public on a temporary basis, regardless of duration,
complete and submit application paperwork to the department at least
five (5) working days prior to operation.
Temporary establishments operating for only one day will be asked
only to complete and submit an “Application for Temporary Food
Establishment Non-Licensed Event” form and checklist. There is no
inspection or fee associated with the application and the health
department will review this in advance of the event to provide
assurance that operators will adhere to proper food safety measures.
Temporary food establishments operating more than one day must
complete an “Application for Temporary Permit” and submit this to
the health department prior to the event. There is a graduated fee
starting at $45.00 for a permit to operate a 2-3 multiple-day
establishment and the health department will need to conduct an
opening inspection at the start of operations.
In addition, per the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code and Logan
County ordinance, it is unlawful to prepare food for public
consumption from a private home or non-regulated kitchen. If you
would like to prepare and/or serve food to the public, and are
interested in starting your own food establishment business, you are
urged to first contact the health department at 217-735-2317 to seek
assistance in assuring you are in compliance with Illinois and Logan
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that
each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people)
experience food borne illness. Of those, 128,000 are
hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food borne diseases. The Logan
County Department of Public Health strives to prevent food borne
illness and is counting on your cooperation this summer to help
create a safe foodservice environment.
If you would like additional information regarding temporary
food requirements, you can contact the department or log onto
their website at www.lcdph.org
The website also contains useful food safety information and
printable forms for your convenience.
[Text received; MARK HILLIARD, LOGAN
COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH]