Food Safety Program

Food Safety Program

Permitting and Inspections of Food Service Establishments by the Department of Health

The Environmental Health Division conducts plan reviews, registers and issues permits for all new and remodeled food service and food store facilities including temporary facilities established for specific events, mobile food service units and registers cottage food operations. Environmental Health Division inspectors also conduct opening and routine food safety inspections of more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the County of Will. 

Food Establishment Safety Inspections

Enforcing Provisions of the of the Food Sanitation Code

In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code and the Will County Food Service and Retail Food Store Sanitation Ordinance, inspectors from the Environmental Health Division of WCHD carry out food safety inspections at more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the county.

Food Establishment Licensing and Permitting

Submitting Applications and Inspections

Before constructing or remodeling a food service establishment, a proposal shall be submitted to the Division of Environmental Health at the WCHD. Use the Food Establishment checklist to organize all the required documentation for a plan review. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed. Plan review payments must be made at the time of submission and can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078.


Temporary Food/Drink Event Establishment Permitting

Submitting Applications and Forms for Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service permit is required for outdoor food festivals, pancake breakfasts, and other events where food is served to the public on a temporary basis. In order to obtain a permit, review the Temporary Food and/or Drink Service Establishments Brochure, complete the Application for Temporary Food Events and submit the application form and fee to the WCHD at least 7 days prior to the event. Temporary food service permit payments can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078.

Food Recalls Safeguard Public Health

Potentially Harmful Food Products can be removed from the Market by the Food Recall Process

Once a food product is marketed to a wide range of consumers in different markets, unexpected problems can occur. Some common problems include contamination at the processing stage that may leave an organism in the product that could make consumers ill, mislabeling of a product or the discovery of a potential allergen in the product.

Mobile Vending

Movable Food Service Regulations

Mobile vending operations refer to a readily movable truck, trailer, or push cart food service. Food provided by mobile venders comes from a business that is licensed and inspected by a health authority. Mobile units must be serviced and re-supplied from a fixed and licensed commissary to which they return daily. 

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Cottage Food Operation

Foods Made in Home Kitchens

The Cottage Food Operation Law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at Illinois farmers' markets with limited regulation. Operators must register with the health department and obtain the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate. 
Filing a Complaint

Filing a Complaint

How to File a Complaint with the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division

The Will County Health Department Environmental Division processes complaints from the public involving food establishments (whether it be food borne or non-food borne issues), swimming and body art facilities and problem with sewage and wells.

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Environmental Health News
Illegally Made Mexican Cheese Causing Foodborne Illness

Illegally Made Mexican Cheese Causing Foodborne Illness

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Consumer Warning

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is warning people about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured cheeses.  Health officials are reporting around 100 cases of salmonellosis in 13 counties believed to be linked to consumption of an illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese.  A sample of the cheese obtained from the home of a person who became ill tested positive for Salmonella.  IDPH is working with local health departments to identify the manufacturer of the contaminated cheese.  



Joliet Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Joliet Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

The bat is Will County's third wildlife rabies confirmation for 2013.

Residents of a home on Middletree Road alerted animal control officials after seeing the bat hanging from a screen on the front porch in broad daylight.
Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A rabies confirmation was received from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Will County Animal Control dispatched the bat for laboratory analysis July 8, and a rabies confirmation was received from the Illinois Department of Public Health early Tuesday, July 9.
Will County Confirms West Nile Virus Activity

Will County Confirms West Nile Virus Activity

Will is one of at least 18 Illinois counties to report WNV activity so far this year.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious human infection transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Samples collected from a Health Department mosquito monitoring site in Bolingbrook represent Will County’s first confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) activity for 2013.

Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A live bat trapped near the front door of a Plainfield residence has become Will County’s second wildlife rabies confirmation of 2013.
Health Department Offers Mosquito Prevention Tips

Health Department Offers Mosquito Prevention Tips

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: June 23-29

Summer heat and occasional rainfall can create ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.  National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (sponsored by the American Mosquito Control Association), is designed to raise awareness about strategies that can reduce mosquito breeding and provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases.
Will County Commences 2013 Mosquito Monitoring

Will County Commences 2013 Mosquito Monitoring

Health Department Initiative Tracks West Nile Activity

Will County Environmental Health began 2013 mosquito monitoring early Thursday, May 23. Plans call for Environmental Health personnel to conduct weekly monitoring at more than a dozen locations throughout the county.  The first mosquito samples were collected Thursday, despite wet conditions at some trap locations that made collection difficult.

Health Department to Activate West Nile Virus Information Line

Health Department to Activate West Nile Virus Information Line

May Marks the beginning of the WNV season across Illinois

Launched in May, 2002, the Information Line enables area residents to access the latest information concerning WNV, report the location of dead birds, and talk to a Health Department representative about the disease during regular weekly business hours.  May marks the beginning of the West Nile Virus (WNV) season across Illinois.
Swimming Facility Inspections Begin

Swimming Facility Inspections Begin

Working to ensure each venue is ready

Will County’s 129 public swimming facilities and 12 bathing beaches traditionally open for business during the Memorial Day weekend and the Will County Health Department is working to ensure each venue is ready.  Will County Environmental Health personnel currently inspect each local recreational water venue to ensure compliance with the Illinois Swimming Facility Act and code. 
Beware of Recreational Water Illnesses

Beware of Recreational Water Illnesses

The Will County Health Department reminds area residents of healthy swimming behaviors

Outbreaks of recreational water illness (RWI) will sicken thousands this spring, summer and fall.  More than 60 percent of illnesses linked to swimming pools, water parks and beaches are caused by cryptosporidium, a chlorine resistant parasite that can produce diarrhea, cramps, nausea and fever from two-to-10 days after becoming infected.
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