The health departments issue the state permits and investigate allegations for local food facilities. The city of Racine just started making the reports available while other departments have had them available for several months.
In the city of Racine, almost 600 restaurants and food outlets are inspected annually for safe food handling procedures. Those with violations have follow-up inspections.
“It is important to understand an inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term operation of an establishment,” according to a press release by the Racine Health Department. “Any inspection report is just a snapshot in time and it shows only the conditions of the facility at the time of the inspection.”
When violations do occur, the business owner often corrects the violation during or immediately after the inspection. That’s why looking at the inspection results over a longer time frame gives a more complete picture of the operation.
“This tool allows consumers to quickly and conveniently check whether food establishments are meeting appropriate health and safety standards,” said Marcia Fernholz, director of the City of Racine Environmental Health Division. “This information can be one of the factors the public uses to make informed choices regarding where to dine in Racine.”