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A risk-based food inspection program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17390900     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The inspection of food facilities is a crucial public service designed to prevent foodborne illnesses among retail food consumers. To enhance the existing food inspection process in San Bernardino County, California, a risk-based food inspection program and assessment instrument has been developed and proposed. A literature review and interviews with health professionals were conducted to establish a baseline understanding of various inspection procedures currently being employed throughout the nation. San Bernardino subsequently developed an assessment instrument and attendant inspection schedules that reflect best practices. The proposed inspection model categorizes food facilities as high, moderate, or low risk according to food properties, service population characteristics, facility history, and predefined operational risks. The San Bernardino model supports health department decision making with respect to inspection resource allocation and also makes possible sliding permit fees that reflect the relative risk associated with each facility.
Michelle A Hoag; Corwin Porter; Padma P Uppala; David T Dyjack
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-29     Completed Date:  2007-05-10     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-6; quiz 60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Education, Continuing
Food Inspection / methods*
Food-Processing Industry* / standards
Models, Organizational
Program Development*
Risk Assessment
Grant Support
U50/CCU924359-01/CC/CDC HHS

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