The Environmental Health Division licenses and inspects over 1,000 food service establishments within Washtenaw County. The purpose of conducting these inspections is to ensure that safe food is being served to the public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. These illnesses and deaths cost Americans billions of dollars each year due to medical expenses and loss of productivity.
It is a shared responsibility of the food industry and the government to ensure that food provided to the public is safe. This shared responsibility extends to ensuring that consumer expectations are met and that food is unadulterated, prepared in a clean environment, and honestly presented.
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Norovirus - "The Stomach Flu"
Have you or your family recently been ill with vomiting and diarrhea? There is a good chance it was caused by a norovirus, commonly called "the stomach flu." Noroviruses are highly contagious viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Some people also experience headache, low grade fever, and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 48 hours. See our fact sheet for more information. For tips on cleaning when someone is ill, see Guidelines For Environmental Cleaning And Disinfection of Norovirus.
Smoke-Free Law - Link to information on Michigan's law regarding smoking in bars and restaurants. There is a Smoke Free Law Information line, available at 1-866-59SMOKE or 1-866-597-6653. Also, watch the video of our staff interviewed on Ann Arbor's Access program regarding the law!