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Health Department Inspects Sangamon County Fair Vendors
Rides, games, animal shows and all the corndogs you can eat. It is all at the Sangamon County Fair.
As vendors are serving up the eats Sangamon County Public Health is making rounds, checking for things like hand washing stations and food temperatures.
Each vendor is checked once and then a follow-up visit is made if something is not right. That can be hot food being served too cold or cold food is being served too warm.
Each vendor must also meet the codes for hand washing, dishwashing, trash and chlorine test strips.
For the most part these state codes are based on national requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration but when you have out-of-state vendors sometimes there is a discrepancy.
"I would say the main things are the same but sometimes the temperatures very by 5 degrees or so or they might be something small but in general they know what's expected, they're trained, this is what they do for a living so hopefully they care about that and try and serve safe food," Sangamon County Public Health Inspector Jessica Thoron said.
If a vendor is found to be serving food that is not up to code that food is thrown out and the health department checks-in the following day to make sure everything is corrected.
The six inspectors do not only check the trailers where the food is being served but off-sight storage as well where vendors keep all the extra food for hungry fairgoers.
The Sangamon County Fair runs through Sunday. A freestyle motorcross shakes things up Wednesday night and rounding out the weekend are headlining performances by Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and Jake Owen.