Why is it necessary to permit and inspect retail food operations?
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 76 million Americans suffer from a foodborne illness. It is also estimated that about 5 thousand deaths occur annually as a direct result of these illnesses. This alone, as well as the billions of dollars these illnesses cost the consumers and the industry each year, makes continuous improvement in the areas of food safety and sanitation a goal shared jointly by both the food industries and those with responsibility for regulatory oversight. These senseless deaths caused from mishandling foods can be reduced by providing regulatory oversight of retail food operations.

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1. What is required by the Gillespie County Health Division if I want to set up a food or beverage booth at a special event?
2. Why is it necessary to permit and inspect retail food operations?
3. How can I obtain a Retail Food Establishment Application?
4. What type of factors contribute to food borne illnesses?
5. What is a Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF)?
6. Is it safe to purchase dented canned foods off the grocery shelves or in a "reduced for quick sale" basket in the store?
7. What are the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)?
8. Can a person manufacture foods in their home, to sell to the public?
9. Are there alternatives for a person who wishes to start up a small food manufacturing business?