Along with food safety, the City of Milwaukee Health Division's Consumer Environmental Health works to improve the overall quality and safety of consumer products and services in Milwaukee. Check out the web pages below to learn more about these important services and programs.
The Consumer Environmental Health Division protects public health by working with the food service industry and our community to prevent foodborne illness. In addition to educating food businesses and inspecting food establishments, the Consumer Environmental Health Division provides many other services, including investigation of complaints and illnesses associated with food establishments, plan review/pre-occupancy inspections of new or remodeled food establishments, and food safety consultations for establishments. Through the inspection of food establishments and education of the food service manager, we are able to promote public health in the areas of food safety and sanitation to prevent the spread of food-borne illness.
Environmental Health Specialists conduct periodic inspections of food establishments within the city of Milwaukee. There are approximately 4,000 establishments requiring inspections and an additional 2,000 mobile or temporary events that are inspected. These establishments include: restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, tattoo shops, schools, seasonal facilities, wholesale food establishments, mobile units, mobile food bases, and temporary events. The areas focused upon during a food safety inspection are: health and disease control of food handlers, food source origination and wholesomeness, food-handling practices and proper temperature control, facility maintenance, hand-washing facilities, personal hygiene of employees and pest control. The City of Milwaukee Consumer Environmental Health Division (CEH) is committed to maintaining the safety of the food bought, sold, or prepared for public consumption by carrying out science-based inspections of all retail and wholesale food establishments.