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Food Service Program


The Environmental Health office is responsible for ensuring public safety in over 675 food service facilities within Clayton County. A food service is defined in the County regulations as an establishment for the preparation and serving of meals, lunches, short orders, sandwiches, frozen desserts, or other edible products either for carry out or service within the establishment. The term includes restaurants; coffee shops; cafeterias; short order cafes; luncheonettes; taverns; lunchrooms, places which retail sandwiches or salads; soda fountains; institutions, both public and private; food carts; itinerant restaurants; industrial cafeterias; catering establishments; and similar facilities by whatever name called. This office performs routine inspections on the above types of food service facilities.

The goal of Clayton County Environmental Health is to protect the public's health by preventing food-borne illness, by assuring that foods sold and served to the public are wholesome and free of contamination or spoilage, and by promoting the compliance of food service establishments with Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Food Service Regulations.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2005 Food Code, ensuring safe food is an important public health priority for our nation. An estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths are attributable to food-borne illness in the United States each year. The estimated cost of food-borne illness in terms of pain and suffering, reduced productivity, and medical costs is 10-83 billion dollars annually.

For others, especially pre-school age children, older adults, and those with impaired immune systems, food-borne illness may have serious or long-term consequences, and most seriously, may be life threatening.

Food Service Information:

Clayton County Board of Health
Office of Environmental Health Services

685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297
Phone: (678) 610-7469   Fax: (770) 603-4874