Hours: M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
After Hours Phone: 563-326-8618
DEAF RELAY: (Hearing or Speech Impaired) 711 or 1-800-735-2942
Number is available 24/7 to report public health emergencies.
Weekend Disease Reporting Hotline: 1-800-362-2736
Food Service Inspections
The Scott County Health Department inspects all Scott County food establishments according to the 2009 Iowa Food Code. The 2009 Iowa Food Code is adopted from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2009 model code. The Food Code is based on scientifically developed factors focusing on public health and the prevention of food borne illness.
All food service establishments that sell or serve food to the public must obtain a license and comply with the 2009 FDA Food Code. These establishments include restaurants, coffee bars, delis, grocery stores, and temporary food vendors.
There are currently over 850 licensed facilities in Scott County. The majority of these facilities have two unannounced inspections per year. The main objective during an inspection is to inform and educate the food service professional. We follow the flow of food from receiving through serving.
There are two types of violations, critical and non-critical.
Wherever possible, violations found during an inspection are corrected immediately. Those that aren’t warrant a physical reinspection. The maximum time allowed for correction is 10 days for critical violations, and 30 days for non-critical violations. Time extensions are granted on a case by case basis.