Food inspection overhaul coming to Macon County

MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – The food business inspection scoring system is getting an overhaul in Macon County.

The Macon County Health Department says sweeping changes in a new Food Sanitation Ordinance, which go into effect at the start of 2019, will eliminate scoring in inspections. There will be new practice and new inspection reports. Businesses will be required to place their inspections in a place where customers can see and read them.

Department leaders say the idea is to "prevent foodborne illnesses, to promote safe food handling and hygienic practices and to protect customers". The ordinance will match the 2017 FDA Food Code.

Food establishments will attend Dec. 10 sessions held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Decatur Civic Center, in which 2017 Food Code rules and sanitation ordinance rules will be covered.

The public will be able to review health inspections online here in the “near future”, a press release says. The same link provides details on the ordinance and the 2017 FDA Food Code.

The Macon County Health Department closed down several restaurants in 2018, including a Long John Silver's location and The Beach House, which reopened in a day after it shut down.