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If you have an immediate emergency,
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Food Protection
The food protection services offered by the health department are included in the Food Service, Retail Market, Vending, Temporary and Seasonal Restricted Food Concessions, Farmer's Market, Bed and Breakfast, Food Handlers' Testing and Food Manager Certification programs. Approximately 1,446 establishments in Fayette County are permitted and regulated. These include restaurants, schools and universities cafeterias, daycare centers, nursing homes, hospitals, delicatessens, ice-cream shops, bars, caterers, vending machines, supermarkets, neighborhood grocery stores, meat and seafood markets, convenience stores, produce and farmers' markets and permanent and temporary concession stands.

Enforcement of the Board of Health Regulations #19, #26, and #27, and the State food laws and regulations is achieved through inspections, notice issuance, administrative conferences and formal legal action. Establishments are inspected based on applicable regulations, usually two times per year.

Construction plans for new and remodeled establishments are reviewed for approval. Food protection services also include investigations of consumer complaints regarding conditions at food establishments, including outbreaks of foodborne illness.

To report complaints or a suspected foodborne illness, contact the department at (859) 231-9791.

The Board of Health approved amendments to Food Service Regulation 19 in April 2013. Click here to see a full copy of the updated regulation. Click here to see a copy that highlights the amendments.

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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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