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Food Establishment Inspections

Inspections - Food and Drink Establishments

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Public Health & Clinical Services strives to promote and assist industry in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for both residents and visitors in the State of Nevada. Public Health & Clinical Services EHS regulates food and drink establishments located outside the jurisdictions of Clark, Washoe and Carson counties. Public Health & Clinical Services EHS  also regulates food and drink establishments that are located on state property within the above-mentioned jurisdictions.

Unannounced inspections are conducted by Public Health & Clinical Services EHS  staff on a regular basis, with those establishments conducting the highest degree of food preparation or serving at-risk populations receiving priority. Public Health & Clinical Services EHS  conducts inspections of new food and drink establishments, establishments undergoing ownership changes, major remodeling, and/or substantive menu changes. Public Health & Clinical Services EHS also responds to complaints regarding food and drink establishments.

Public Health & Clinical Services EHS  inspection protocol is based on the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Model Food Code.  Each violation has an assigned point value, with those items that affect food safety in the establishment being the most heavily evaluated and weighted. The five risk factors that Public Health & Clinical Services EHS  staff evaluates in every high risk food establishment are as follows:

  • Poor Employee Hygiene and Health
  • Contaminated Equipment
  • Food from an Unsafe Source
  • Improper Holding Temperatures & Cooling Practices
  • Inadequate Cooking

In addition to the five risk factors, the inspector evaluates building components, equipment, food handling procedures, menu content, and sanitation procedures. Physical properties of the facility such as appropriate lighting, fly and vermin control, water supply, backflow and chemical storage are also evaluated during the inspection process. Special attention is given to the facilities’ consumer advisory for under-cooked or raw food items as well.

The inspector also determines if the person in charge can demonstrate a good working knowledge of the food code and can demonstrate active managerial control in the establishment. If those competencies are absent, the person in charge may be required to take and successfully pass a course of instruction on food safety. Such training is provided by certified private instructors located throughout the state. Owners and operators are encouraged to observe the inspection process and take part in dialog with the inspector. Inspections are conducted with education as a major component.

Occasionally, a facility has critical violations. In those situations, the inspector conducts a follow-up visit to ensure all corrections have been completed in the specified amount of time. If violations are noted that pose a risk to public health and if those violations cannot be immediately corrected in the course of the inspection, the facility may be closed. When all violations are corrected and the inspector determines that the establishment no longer poses a risk to the public, it is permitted to resume operation.

Food and Drink Establishment Inspections are public record. Copies of inspection reports are available upon written request. Inspection requests must include the name and address of the establishment, the date or timeframe of the requested inspection, and the proposed use of the inspection information. Please call 775-687-7550 or write PHCS-EHS, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 100, Carson City, Nevada 89706 for inspection requests or for additional information.


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Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
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