MOUNT VERNON — An update of happenings at the Knox County Health Department including statistical information so far this year was shared by Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller on Monday when she met with Knox County Board of Commissioners.
Miller provided the commissioners with a new environmental health services brochure which outlines the various services performed within the environmental health department. The brochure detailed information on services in the areas of food, water, bugs and bites, inspections, solid waste, air quality and resources.
“Some people have a hard time understanding what our environmental health division does,” said Miller. “We thought this was a good thing to get out to the public.”
Statistics for 2013 revealed that there are 544 food service establishments in the county, which includes restaurants plus mobile/temporary vendors. Restaurants make up a total of 295 units. Miller explained that they inspect every food vendor that sets up in the county but does not license them. “Most vendors are really good. But for the ones who aren’t, we worry about the kind of education they’re getting. We’re real proud of our Serv-Safe classes and our Person In Charge class.”
A total of 876 inspections were conducted within the county in 2012. Miller said this number has been increasing, stating that Knox County seems to be becoming a market for testing food establishments.
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