As the administrator of the Macon County Health Department (MCHD), I would like to try to help clarify some of the misinformation that is circulating about restaurant inspections.
Please know that the MCHD has a team of professional public health inspectors (four-plus years of college with a focus on science and specialized training) that work very hard to ensure that the rules and regulations that we are required to adhere to are implemented correctly and fairly. Our staff members are honest and have a high degree of integrity. In addition, our public health inspectors are educators that do their best to provide food safety information in a helpful manner.
Closing a food establishment is a last resort. When they make a routine inspection or receive a complaint, they are required to investigate. If they find an imminent health hazard to patrons at a restaurant, they take action.
The staff of the MCHD are residents of Macon County too. Our desire is see businesses succeed. We take no pleasure in closing a business. Please realize they are protecting you, the residents of Macon County.
In 2018 our professional public health inspectors performed 2,724 food establishment inspections. This week, April 1-7, is National Public Health Week. Please consider thanking a public health professional.
We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Also, please visit our website to learn more about the FDA Food Code and the services we provide to protect and enhance the health of Macon County residents. https://www.maconcountyhealth.org/
Dianna Heyer, Decatur
(Administrator, Macon County Health Department)