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Healthy People. Healthy Choices.
Healthy Lake County.
Tony Beltran, MBA, Executive Director.

Food Safety and Inspections

About Us

The Health Department's Food Protection Program is responsible for permitting, regulating and inspecting over 3,000 food service facilities operating in Lake County. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness and to promote safe food practices within the county.  This goal is realized by surveying food operation procedures and by educating food handlers and the public on food safety. 
Inspection reports and enforcement histories for food service facilities are now available online.  You can view inspection and enforcement information beginning with inspection activity as of July 1, 2009. If you are interested in food service facilities’ inspection information prior to July 1, please contact the program.

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Who can receive services
Any temporary, seasonal or permanent food service facility serving food to the public in Lake County  

Contact Us

Environmental Services
Staff is on-call 24 hours a day for after-hours emergencies 


Lake County Central Permit Facility
500 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL  60048


7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Staff is on-call 24 hours a day for after-hours emergencies.

Additional Information 

General and Temporary Food Safety Training
For information on food safety trainings or the temporary food service event training, please call:

General Food Safety Training
The General Food Safety Training course covers basic food safety issues and techniques on how to maintain a food-safe environment at home. This free 30-minute course is recommended for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge on the three main causes of foodborne illness: controlling food temperatures, proper handwashing and preventing contamination.  

Temporary Food Service Event Training

The Temporary Food Service Event Training course covers food safety, sanitation and code requirements that are essential to conduct a safe, sanitary and successful temporary food service event in Lake County. Taking this free 60-minute course provides temporary food service event vendors with a better understand of how handling food correctly prevents foodborne illness, and makes them eligible for a reduced permit fee.  
Below are educational tools used to educate food service employees in food service facilities:
This PowerPoint presentation is an overview of the most recent updates in the 2008 Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Code.

LCHD Educational Presentation on Cooling of Foods 
LCHD Educational Presentation on Cold Holding 
These PowerPoint presentations (quizzes included) are a review of how to cool hot foods properly (Cooling of Foods) and how to keep cold food cold (Cold Holding).  

Food Safety Game

The Food Safety Game is a fun and easy way to teach food handlers the basics of food safety and sanitation.  The game uses Microsoft PowerPoint to run and works similar to the game Jeopardy.  Click on the links below to download the game, playing instructions and answer/score sheets.  
Food Safety Game (Microsoft PowerPoint file) 
Food Safety Educational Presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint file)
Recreational Inspections 

In addition, Environmental Health staff perform routine inspections on various facilities in the county.  Included in the program are the following facilities:

Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools
Bathing Beaches 
Tanning Salons

Responsible for Routine Inspections and Complaint Investigations for:

Swimming Pools: 81 (indoor) 184 (outdoor)
Bathing Beaches: 64
Tanning Salons: 84


Inspections may include water sampling, analysis and surveys of swimming facilities. 


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