How do I file a complaint against a food outlet?
The complaint can be filed one of three ways:
- You can call the Food Division of the Grant County Health Dept. at 765-651-2401 and we will take a verbal complaint over the phone.
- You can come to our department and fill out a complaint form by hand.
- You can ask to be mailed a complaint form where you can then send it back in by mail or bring it into the department to turn it in.
- You can fill out the complaint form on the website (located here) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
We prefer to have the name, address, and telephone number of the complainant, so we can notify you of the action taken on your complaint. You can file a complaint anonymously, however, we NEVER divulge the name of the complainant to the food establishment.
How many food outlets are there in Grant County?
There are currently over 300 food outlets.
How often do you inspect? Do the food outlets know when you are coming to inspect?
All retail food outlets are inspected twice per year during unannounced inspections. We return more frequently if follow-up inspections are required or if we receive a complaint.
What establishments are inspected by the Grant County Health Dept.?
We inspect all retail food outlets including restaurants, markets, taverns, convenience stores, grocery stores, school cafeterias, food booths, and concession trailers at fairs and festivals, mobile food sales trucks, non-profit meal sites, and bed & breakfasts. Basically, anything that serves or handles food that can be or is sold to the public.
What should I do if I'm interested in buying or building a food outlet?
Please contact the Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Division BEFORE purchasing a food outlet so that you can review the outlets past inspections. When you assume ownership, you are responsible for bringing the establishment into compliance with the Indiana State Health Code.
Before remodeling or building a food outlet, you are required to submit blueprints and plans for review and approval.
What is Hepatitis A?
Generally acquired through contaminated food, hepatitis A is an acute, viral-borne inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, an organ with several important functions.
Your liver converts dietary nutrients into useful substances and breaks down toxins and chemicals.
Hepatitis A is a type of hepatitis caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).
Numerous other types of viral and non-viral hepatitis also exist, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and alcohol-related hepatitis.
Hepatitis A Transmission
You can get hepatitis A if HAV, which is present in feces and blood, gets into your body through your mouth.
The virus is passed between people through the "fecal-oral route," which can occur:
- When an infected person touches objects or food after going to the bathroom and failing to wash his or her hands properly
- When someone doesn't wash properly after handling diapers or cleaning up the stool of an infected person
- During sex with an infected person, particularly if it involves direct or indirect anal-oral contact, or anal sex in which sanitary measures aren't taken afterwards
You can also get hepatitis A by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces containing HAV.