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The standards for all food establishments in Michigan are set by the Michigan Food Law, Act 92 of 2000 (PDF). Food establishments shall comply with this law, which was updated October 1, 2012.
The Michigan Food Law adopted the Michigan Modified Food Code (PDF) as the sanitation standard for all Michigan food establishments, effective October 1, 2012.
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The Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division inspects food service establishments. Examples include:
These establishments can be fixed or mobile, and long-term or temporary.
According to Michigan law, food service establishments are inspected as follows:
The inspections described above are routine inspections. One or more follow-up inspections may take place shortly after a routine inspection to verify that violations have been corrected. No matter the inspection frequency, all routine inspections are unannounced. The dates of follow-up inspections, however, may be told to the operator of the establishment.
Find information about the kinds of violations on our Violation Types page.
Inspections of food service establishments in Michigan are not scored. The best way to judge the results of an inspection is to read the entire inspection report!
It is important to remember that the presence of violations in a past inspection report does not necessarily mean that an establishment has the same violations today. Furthermore, large establishments with extensive menus will generally have more violations than small establishments with simple menus. This does not mean that large establishments are less safe than smaller ones. So, when comparing inspection reports from different establishments, consider whether they are of similar size and have similar menus.
For information about what a perfect, typical, or poor routine inspection report looks like visit our Inspection Report Types page.
A food service operator shall correct all violations of the Food Code by the time allowed in the inspection report. Failure to do so results in either summary or progressive enforcement action (PDF).
To find more information about Enforcement Action, view our Enforcement Action page.
The following abbreviations are sometimes used by the Sanitarians when writing their inspection reports:
For more information on restaurant reports, restaurant licensing, or food safety in general, please call: Washtenaw County Health Department Environmental Health Division 734-222-3800.Also, visit our other Food Safety pages for information on opening a restaurant, food allergies, and more!