FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Herbert J. Yardley, Administrator/Health Officer
Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
973-579-0370 Ext. 1245
Sussex County Food Inspections Are Now On-line
The County of Sussex is pleased to announce that it will now be providing web access to food inspections conducted by the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services.
The inspections, conducted by licensed County staff, are part of the municipally issued food licensing process. Each inspection checks for compliance with NJ State regulations on food handling, preparation and personal hygiene. Food establishments may be graded as Satisfactory, Conditionally Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory and a detailed explanation of those evaluations is provided on the website. Freeholder Director Rich Zeoli commented that, "the inclusion of food inspections on the County's website is part of the Freeholder Board's continuing efforts towards greater governmental transparency." Freeholder Liaison Rich Vohden added that, "easy access to this type of information helps create a more educated consumer."
Inspection reports found on the website represent a snapshot of the conditions of an individual establishment on the date of inspection. The goal of the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services is to work with business owners to educate them on how to maintain a clean, compliant establishment to protect the public and help to insure the success of their business. The introduction of the new on-line web access for food inspections has been a goal for Herb Yardley, Administrator and Health Officer for the Department, since he came to Sussex County in 2005. "I have always felt that it is important for both residents and visitors to our County to have access to food inspections in order to make an informed decision about whether or not patronize an establishment. Their overall health and safety is my greatest concern," Yardley stated.
The Department conducts over 1,000 inspections of food establishments throughout the County annually. Inspections conducted from January 1, 2011 forward are now available to the public by following the link for "Food Inspection Results Online" on the County's website (www.sussex.nj.us/health) and clicking on the "Search Inspections" icon. Resident/consumer complaints or questions regarding compliance with food handling regulations can be made by calling the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services at 973-579-0370 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to receive automatic notices that your favorite food establishment has been inspected, please become a member in the space provided on the website.