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Food Program 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year 76 million cases of food borne illness occur and more than 300,000 persons are hospitalized and 5,000 die from food borne illness.

The Environmental Health inspectors conduct unannounced evaluations of all food establishments throughout Winnebago County. During the inspection process, our staff completes a very thorough inspection.

The Winnebago County Health Dept. has 6 full time food service inspectors and 1,783 food service facilities in Winnebago County: 548 high risk facilities (prep and hold potentially hazardous foods for more than 12 hours or serve a high risk population); 819 medium risk facilties (prep and serve within 12 hours); and 416 low risk facilities (no food prep).  High risk facilities are typically inspected 3 times per year, medium risk facilities are inspected 1 time per year and low risk facilities are inspected at least once every 2 years.

The WCHD also issues an average of 700 temporary food permits yearly. Temporary food permits are due at least 2 weeks prior to the event and are inspected the day(s) of the event.  No applications will be accepted less than 1 business day before the event. 

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Temporary and Special Event Applications

To assist in your preparation for your event, you may be interested in reading and/or downloading the following forms: 
 

Event Chairperson Guidelines

Permit Questionnaire

Procedures for Concession Stand Operators

Temporary Food Establishment Commissary Sharing Agreement

Temporary Event Power Point Handout

Temporary Event TENT Self-Inspection

Temporary Event TRAILER Self-Inspection

 
All applications must be sumbitted with an original signature.  Payment is due upon presentation.
 
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 Food for Thought Cover Febr 2012  Our New Newsletter is Here!  Click image to view entire full size document.

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Cottage Food Law

The new Cottage Food Law went into effect as of January 1, 2012. This law allows producers of food prepared in their homes to sell specific items at Farmers' Markets with limited regulation by the Winnebago County Health Department.

Download the entire text of the 2012 Cottage Food Law by clicking here.

Download the Cottage Food Operations Fact sheet by clicking here.

Download the Cottage Food Industry Registration form by clicking here.

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 Putting Out Grease Fires

While dry chemical fire extinguishers can be used to put out a grease fire, their use may cause a restaurant to close for extensive cleanup or require additional health and fire inspections. Grease fires can be extinguished by covering the flame with a pan, lid, or wet towel. Below are two useful resources for more information on safely and effectively putting out grease fires in the kitchen.

http://www.wikihow.com/Put-out-a-Grease-Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhM8_wqd9CE


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Homeland Food Security

Foods If You See Something Suspicious Activity"If You See Something, Say Something"

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A complete listing of the Food Code can be found in Chapter 50, Article

III. http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=12529&sid=13

Locations
Winnebago County Health Dept.
401 Division Street - 2nd Floor
Rockford, IL  61104
 
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4009
Rockford, IL 61110-0509
Eligibility
All food establishments: bars, restaurants, convenience stores 
Cost
2015 - 2016 Fee Information
How do I get services?
Apply at Environmental Health, Room 205 at the Division Street location 
Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 
Contact
(815) 720-4100 

FOOD PERMIT renewal applications are mailed in October of each year and are due no later than December 15 for the next calendar year (December 1 – November 30).


Food Handlers Certification Classes

   On-line Food Handlers Certification Class - America National Standards Institute