The Division of Food and Lodging is responsible for protecting
public health through licensing and inspection of restaurants,
bars, lodging facilities, mobile home parks, campgrounds, bed
and breakfast facilities, retail food stores, meat markets,
bakeries, schools, salvage food establishments, small food
manufacturers/ processors, tanning facilities, tattoo and body
art facilities, electrologists and assisted living facilities.
Inspection procedures ensure that these licensed establishments
meet both sanitation and certain fire/life safety standards
before opening to the public and while in operation.
The Division of Food and Lodging also has Memorandums of
Understanding (MOU's) with nine local health units whereby the
units provide inspection and licensing functions within their
areas of jurisdiction. There are MOU's with three city health
units and six multi-county health units.
Under an agreement with the Department of Human Services, the
division also inspects and licenses preschools and day care centers that
prepare food. The Division provides educational courses in safe
food handling, reviews plans for new establishments and
extensive remodeling projects, and helps investigatefoodborne illness outbreaks.
The Division also serves as the Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) liaison in the state on issues related to manufactured
food and pesticide residues in food.