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Follow-up audit on food protection program released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a follow-up report on the food protection program. The audit concludes that the City has made significant progress in addressing issues found in a 2001 audit.

The City adopted an up-to-date food code and voters approved higher permit and inspection fees. With the increased revenue, the Health Department hired additional inspectors and bought better tools for collecting data, reporting, and scheduling. The Health Department also made other changes consistent with increasing food safety, such as implementing a more rigorous pre-opening inspection process and assembling a food protection advisory board. The audit also concludes that although the City has made significant progress, City inspectors have not inspected all food establishments as frequently as required by the City’s food code.

The report includes recommendations for the Health Department director to ensure that medium and high-risk establishments are inspected as often as required by the food code. Management agreed with most of the recommendations.

This report should be accessible from, by 3 p.m. today.

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