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Food Inspections

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Fargo Cass Public Health's Environmental Division licenses and inspects all food establishments within the City of Fargo, including:

  • Food service establishments (restaurants where cooking is required for food safety)
  • Limited food service establishments (convenience stores, etc. where food isn't required to be heated for safety)
  • Bakeries
  • Grocery stores
  • Retail meat establishments
  • Institutions (hospitals, church kitchens, fraternities and sororities, nursing homes and senior centers)
  • Bars
  • Catering services
  • Soft serve ice cream machines
  • Temporary and mobile establishments (such as Ribfest and Street fair)

The environmental health division conducts inspections at these establishments as often as needed.  Some items that inspectors look for are:

  • Food being cooked or reheated to the appropriate temperature
  • Food being held at the appropriate hot or cold holding temperature
  • Food and equipment being stored properly
  • Exclusion of sick or ill employees
  • Proper sanitation of equipment and utensils

For a more complete list, please review the Food Service Checklist that is used as a sanitation guide by food service workers.

The Division of Environmental Health also addresses complaints concerning food establishments and assists state epidemiologists with the investigation of foodborne illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States. The great majority of these cases are mild and cause symptoms for only a day or two. Some cases are more serious, and the CDC estimates that there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to foodborne diseases each year. The most severe cases tend to occur in the very old, the very young, those who have an illness already that reduces their immune system function, and in healthy people exposed to a very high dose of an organism. 

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