ZANESVILLE, Ohio – From corn dogs to funnel cakes, all that Fair food is delicious, but the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is also making sure it is safe to eat.
Sanitarians from the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department circulated the Fair to each food vendor and booth. When they carry out the inspections, they check for any critical violations, food temperature concerns, cross-contaminations, and hand washing violations.
“Well obviously we want to prevent food-borne illnesses or outbreaks from happening here at the Muskingum County Fair. That’s why we conduct inspections,” said Public Health Sanitarian, Jason Tilton.
“Hand washing is always important. We think it’s even more important here at the Fair because you have people in the food, you have people messing with animals. So there’s a greater likelihood of some potential contamination,” he added.
Food vendors are encouraged to cook foods at the proper cooking temperatures and refrigerate promptly. Washing hands is something the Health Department is also heavily promoting throughout the Fairgrounds. Food vendors need to wash hands, surfaces, and utensils often.
“And also throughout the Fairgrounds, the Muskingum County Health Department put out hand sanitizing stations and we put up hand washing signs in the restrooms to promote people washing their hands. To prevent the chance of having illness while at the Fair,” said Tilton.
There are four sanitarians at the Fair Tuesday afternoon. They will continue inspections all week long.