No opposition to new health dept. policy

Not one of the five people in attendance at Thursday’s public health forum spoke in opposition of a proposed policy to require food service establishments to post health inspection reports.

The five-person meeting, which included a Sun reporter, two health department employees, one health board member and a civilian, was only minutes-long, which Health department environmentalist Carlene Whitt said means the community has no qualms about the policy, as if they did, they would’ve showed up to express their discontent.

The Clark County Board of Health approved the first reading of the policy in its June meeting. The board will reconvene in the fall to consider approval of a second reading.

If the board approves the second reading in its next meeting, the policy will go into effect in January 2020.

According to the policy, food service establishments required to post inspection  reports include restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations which serve prepared food, schools and care facilities.

Because of a lack of a structured operating time and often a lack of a physical structure, mobile food units, pushcarts, restricted concession food services, temporary food service and similar food service facilities will not be required to post inspection reports but will have to keep inspection reports on hand and make them available for viewing upon request.

According to the policy, food establishments must place the inspection report where it is visible upon entry into the establishment, as determined by the health department.

Establishments which continually violate the regulation may receive a fine, according to the policy.