Baton Rouge – The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Sanitarian Services staff is prepared to begin inspecting Jefferson Parish food establishments, allowing those that are able to resume operations in the coming weeks.

 Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer, announced today, that as safe water and power services return to the parish, owners and operators of food establishments are wishing to resume business.

 In order to reopen a restaurant, the owner/operator must call the Jefferson Parish Health Unit at 504-838-5140 for an inspection to ensure the conditions for safe food preparation and storage are in place.

 To meet the requirements for reopening, the food facility must at a minimum have a safe means of obtaining food for preparation, a safe water supply, properly operated sewage and garbage removal, the ability to maintain food at proper temperatures and have cold-holding equipment such as refrigerators or freezers operating at proper temperatures.

 Once the restaurant is inspected and approved by health officials, an official placard will be conspicuously displayed at that establishment, indicating the restaurant has been inspected and is approved for reopening.  Food establishments that do not obtain the placard will not be allowed to operate.