Health Department unveils new placards


The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has unveiled new placards which will be on display in food establishments in the county.

The new design features a QR code which provides a quick link that will allow consumers to use their personal digital device to view inspection reports right at the front door.

The Inspected & Permitted placard indicates a food establishment has passed the mandatory inspection by the Health Department's Food Safety Program and is permitted to operate.

The Consumer Alert placard serves as a notification to the public that conditions identified, at the time of inspection, may pose a health risk to the customer.

The Closed placards are posted for one of three reasons:

- Conditions identified, at the time of inspection, pose a serious health risk to the customer

- A facility is operating without a valid health permit

- Food safety conditions remain uncorrected after opportunity for a hearing or after the maximum days allowed to operate with a consumer alert have expired, which is ten days

"At the Allegheny County Health Department, we take our responsibility to ensure safe eating establishments very seriously," said Director Dr. Karen Hacker. "The updated placards will provide county residents with a clear and easy-to-read status of the facilities they're considering when making dining choices, while also providing easy access to the reports behind each status. It is our hope that people will make healthy choices and live well!"


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