In St. Joseph County there are 1,300 permitted establishments which receive unannounced inspections routinely throughout the year to ensure the retail food establishments are following safe food handling practices.
Additionally, food vendors who participate in a temporary event(s) (fair, etc) receive inspections during the event.
During food borne illness outbreak investigations, the food division collaborates with the nursing division, epidemiologist, and ISDH field epidemiologist. Investigation of other non-food borne illness complaints are completed when the complainant provides the date, and time of the visit to the retail food establishment.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Division of Fire and Building Safety reviews and approves plans for the construction of swimming pools and spas. St. Joseph County Department of Health permits are processed after the completion of pool construction, satisfactory water sampling report submission, and inspection. Annual and seasonal pool and spa permits are renewed in April of each year.