Online Program

Food service establishment inspection frequency: A comparison of the United States air force and Ohio local health departments

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Danny Pizzino Jr., MD, MPH, Dept of Community Health, Wright State University, Kettering, OH
Karen Rupp, MD, Dept of Community Health, Wright State University, Kettering, OH
Sylvia Ellison, MA, MPH, Community Health, Wright State University, Kettering, OH
Christopher Eddy, M.P.H., REHS, RS, Center for Global Health Systems, Management, & Policy Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Ketttering, OH
Background: Research team examined the impact of routine Food Service Establishment (FSE) inspection frequency on overall food facility safety by comparing inspections performed by the United States Air Force (USAF) and several Ohio Local Health Departments (LHDs). The USAF conducts FSE inspection on a more frequent schedule: some USAF sites perform inspections on a monthly basis. Most Ohio LHDs perform FSE inspections on a three to four month schedule. Methods: This is a comparative case study design using publically available LHD inspection data and data provided by several USAF sites. The data consist of FSE inspection reports for the previous two years from a variety of similar FSEs found in Ohio and on USAF installations. Participants: A convenience sample of eight Ohio LHDs was chosen (based on public availability of FSE inspection reports), plus five USAF installations. Results: This presentation is focused on frequency of total, and more importantly, critical food safety violations found in FSE inspection reports. We report the relationship between higher inspection frequency and reduced total and critical violations. Also reported is the impact of inspection frequency on repeat food safety violations. Discussion: While few LHDs have the resources to match the inspection schedule of the USAF, it is important to note the impact of frequency on quality of inspections.

Learning Areas:

Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the impact of FSE inspection frequency on FSE food safety, Identify training differences between civilian and military food inspectors, Discuss possible hybrid civilian/ military model utilizing advantages of both systems

Keyword(s): Food Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a United States Air Force MD, currently in aerospace medicine residency, pursuing MPH degree, and have experience in USAF food service inspection as well as direct observation of Ohio civilian food service inspections.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.