Department of Health

Oversight of Food Protection Programs (Follow-Up Review)

The Department of Health oversees activities that are intended to protect the public against foodborne diseases. These activities, which include inspections of food service establishments and the investigating and reporting of suspected outbreaks of foodborne diseases, are performed by local (county, district and New York City) health departments. In our prior audit report 99-S-47, we examined the Departmentís oversight of these activities and found that a number of improvements were needed. For example, local inspectors did not always attend required training sessions, and local health departments did not inspect certain high-risk establishments as often as required. In our follow-up review, we found that Department officials had made progress in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report.

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