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About the Food Establishment Program

About the Food Establishment Program

What is the Food Establishment Program?

The Food Establishment Licensing and Enforcement Program:

  • Issues licenses for restaurants, taverns, grocery stores, convenience stores, temporary stands and mobile units
  • Conducts routine, unannounced inspections
  • Provides training for food service personnel
  • Approves plans for remodeling and new establishments
  • Investigates complaints about facilities
  • Inspects new establishments prior to opening

Why are Food Establishments inspected?

Food Establishments are inspected in order to protect public health and to provide consumers with food that is safe. Inspections are done based on the criteria found in the 2005 Iowa Food Code.

How often are Food Establishments inspected?

A regular inspection of Food Establishments occurs one to three times per year. The number of times a Food Establishment is inspected during a year is based on risk criteria. The items that determine the level of risk at a Food Establishment are volume of food served, amount of hands-on contact, the extent of the menu and previous inspections. All restaurants will be inspected at least once a year with the majority inspected twice a year.


If you have questions or need more information to contact the Scott County Health Department at 563-326-8618.

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