Food Safety

Food Safety

Public Health plays a large role in helping to educate the public on the importance of food safety.  Each year, one in six Americans get sick from foods and beverages that are contaminated.  In addition to inspecting professional food establishments to ensure safe food practices, the Scott County Health Department investigates reports of food-borne illnesses in Scott County and provides education on safe food preparation to the public.  Click on the links below to learn how to safely prepare and enjoy food for yourself and your family and friends.

Focus on Food Safety Newsletter

The Scott County Health Department's Focus on Food Safety newsletter highlights food safety tips and news. Check back for new editions here:

ServSafe Course

The Iowa Food Code requires all establishments to have a Certified Food Protection Manager on staff.  The ServSafe training is available to help facilities understand and meet industry standards and food code requirements.  Here are ServSafe opportunities in Scott County:

  • Scott County Health Department:  the course is taught by the department’s food inspectors and is offered 4 times a year at the Scott County Administrative Center.  Contact the department at 563-326-8618 for more information. Anticipated upcoming dates include: 
    • September 10-12, 2019; afternoon course
    • October 9-11, 2019; morning course
    • March 10-12, 2020
    • April 7-9, 2020 
  • Eastern Iowa Community College will be offering ServSafe classes.  The course is for foodservice managers and teaches basic sanitation principles.  It also fulfills the demonstration of knowledge requirement under the Iowa Food Code.  Learn more and register here: