Food Service Establishments
The Tennessee Environmental Health Program is responsible for the inspection of food service establishments. Environmental health specialists work with food service operators to achieve safe and sanitary food handling practices conducting inspections, training and enforcement of the food service rules and regulations. Retail food stores and food service operations within them are regulated by the Department of Agriculture.
Environmental Health reviews plans of new food establishments and those planning remodeling to ensuring the establishment will meet the minimum construction requirements prior to construction. Plan approval is required by law and protects applicants from expensive changes after construction and installation.
To ensure compliance with the Tennessee Food Safety Act*, every food service establishment is inspected between one and four times per year, depending on various factors such as the complexity of the food operation and level of active managerial control over foodborne illness risk factors to ensure compliance with the Tennessee Food Safety Act*. Current food permits and the most recent inspection report must be displayed in a prominent location for the public to view.
Monthly food safety training is provided at no charge in each county health department. Contact your local health department for a schedule of training classes.
Complaints and reports of suspected foodborne disease outbreaks are promptly and thoroughly investigated in cooperation with county nurses, doctors and epidemiologists.
Foodborne Illness Complaint Hotline 1-800-293-8228
*Tennessee Code, Title 68, Chapter 14