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How things work: Ensuring food safety

Have you been concerned about food safety during the pandemic? Rest assured, food safety inspections are still being performed in Bloomington. The City’s six food inspectors work hard to ensure your food remains safe.  

Inspectors check for foodborne illness best practices and new requirements for COVID-19 prevention. Since many restaurants have switched from dine-in to take-out, inspectors check for how restaurants are adjusting their food safety policies. For COVID-19, the important measures are how food workers are social distancing, wiping down surfaces and staying home if showing any symptoms. 

On the job, inspectors wear masks, keep six feet away from other people and wash their hands throughout the inspection. All inspectors are committed to upholding the highest food-safety standards for the 700 food establishments in Bloomington and Richfield. 

“The food system is not compromised by the virus. Currently, there are no reports of food or food packaging transmitting COVID-19,” Environmental Health Supervisor Jessica Jutz, pictured above, said.