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Food Safety Requirements in Westchester Food Safety County Health Department

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Did you know that there are about 4,000 establishments serving food in Westchester County, including restaurants, mobile food carts and deli’s? The Westchester County Health Department inspects these establishments and those inspections can be viewed and downloaded.

State and county sanitary codes are enforced by public health sanitarians to ensure that the public is served food that is healthy and safely prepared. Restaurants and mobile food vendors receive unannounced inspections routinely throughout the year. Random samples of milk, frozen desserts and utensils are taken to find and correct possible food contamination. 

Working with public health nurses and physicians, sanitarians promptly investigate incidents of suspected foodborne disease. Public health sanitarians also respond to fires involving food service establishments. As a result of fire damage, sanitarians may order food products to be condemned or destroyed.

All food service establishments must be aware of the Food Allergy Notification Law. Restaurants can download the pre-set Food Allergy Labels, print or copy onto label sheets and apply to printed menus.

Restaurateurs who want to perform major renovation or construction of food service establishments must have their proposed plans approved first to assure that appropriate equipment and procedures are in place.

Food service owners and operators attend a Food Handler’s Training course designed and developed by this department. Since the course began in 1985, thousands of food service operators have attended intensive classes, presented in cooperation with Westchester Community College.

The Health Department is active in assuring that mass gatherings and public functions maintain safe and healthful conditions.

The Westchester Health Department requires all food establishments within Westchester be Servsafe Certified. It is mandatory that one Manager per shift be equipped with a Food Manager’s Safety Protection Certification. Westhester Food Safety works hard on helping all food establishments in Westchester and beyond be Servsafe certified, We offer a variety of programs.

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