As an agent of the State of Wisconsin, the Rock County Public Health Department permits and inspects food establishments that prepare and serve food to the public. This includes over 600 restaurants, more than 200 retail food establishments, most school lunchrooms, food trucks, food stands and vending machines.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 people get sick and 3,000 citizens die each year, from contaminated food or beverages.

Our food inspectors are responsible for ensuring licensed facilities maintain a safe, healthy environment for their customers and employees. Corrective actions are ordered and follow-up inspections are conducted to ensure compliance. All complaints and suspected foodborne outbreaks are investigated. Besides reactionary actions, inspectors also play a critical prevention role by providing education, training, and resources to operators.