Food Sanitation

If you have a public health emergency, please call 9-1-1. After normal business hours, if you have a public health non-emergency or immediate issue/concern, please call 309-467-2375 and ask for the public health administrator on call.

Appointments are required to meet with Eric or Paul in Environmental Health due to heavy workloads - they are regularly out of the office conducting inspections.

Please call 309-467-3064 to set up an appointment.


Food Sanitation Program


The purpose of this program is to promote food safety and to protect citizens from foodborne illness. This mission is accomplished through a variety of enforcement and educational activities:

Permits/Inspections

    Note: Inspections for all of these food services are performed following the guidelines of Illinois State Rules and Regulations and Woodford County Ordinance. Licensing fees are based on the type of facility and level of complexity for food preparation, to be determined by WCHD staff.

Consultation/Evaluation/Approval of new facility layout plans

Any new restaurant or food service must be approved and licensed by the Woodford County Health Department before it can begin serving food to the public.

Investigation of Complaints

Woodford County Health Department staff investigates complaints made against a food establishment. To make a complaint about a food establishment, click here.

Inservice/Training Food Service Staff

To schedule a training session for your food service staff, contact the Health Department at 309-467-3064.

8 hour Certified Food Protection Manager


WCHD sponsors 2 classes each year as able. We can also refer individuals to additional classes offered by other programs in the area.

Information on Food Handler Training in Illinois (FAQ) (PDF)
Information on Upcoming Certified Food Protection Manager Certification Classes Held at Woodford County Health Department (link)
Listing of Food Handler Training locations in Illinois (PDF)

Online Allergen Courses

ServSafe Allergen Course (link)
AllerTrain Course (link)

Investigation/Surveillance Foodborne Illness Outbreak


A potential foodborne outbreak is a cluster of illnesses in which two or more unrelated persons associated in time and place experience the onset of a similar acute illness following ingestion of common food or drink. WCHD staff follow-up on any report of a potential foodborne illness. Actual foodborne illness cannot be verified without laboratory confirmation.

Public Information/Education/Presentations