DHH highlights changes to food inspection program
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is highlighting major changes to its Retail Food Inspection Program.
Program improvements over the last year have led to timely inspections of restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias and other food vendors.
Compliance orders can be tracked and survey results can posted quickly to the EatSafe.La.gov website.
The overhaul came after an internal review by the Office of Public Health aided by recommendations for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert and Public Health Assistant Secretary J.T. Lane held a press conference today to talk about the improvements.
"I am so proud of the work that our health inspectors, Beth Scalco, Tenney Sibley, Mike Vidrine and the entire team led by J.T. in the Office of Public Health, have done over the last year to vastly improve the safety of Louisiana residents and visitors," said Kliebert. "It was just 11 months ago that we announced publicly our commitment to transform our Retail Food Inspection Program. These changes are proof that we can look critically at our own programs, identify what is broken and lay out a clear, manageable plan for how to fix it."
For years, the Department's retail food inspection program lagged behind on inspections and struggled to identify high-risk establishments.
After the overhaul, the Department is completely caught up on all of those inspections and are now inspecting food retailers in real time.
News 2's Adrian Pittman will have more on this story starting at 5:00.