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Inspections & Permitting


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Chicago is home to 16,000 food establishments like restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, wholesalers, lunchrooms, mobile food vendors and more. Our business is food safety and sanitation with one goal, to prevent the spread of food-borne disease.  We do this by inspecting food businesses, responding to complaints and food recalls. CDPH also offers education to food service managers.

Most Recent News (Inspections & Permitting)

Jul 1, 2016 CDPH Identifies E.coli Outbreak Linked to Bridgeport Restaurant
Jul 30, 2015 Mayor Emanuel Announces New Innovative System to Prioritize Food Safety Health Inspections
May 8, 2015 Chicago Department of Public Health Program Recognized as Harvard Ash Center’s 2015 Top 25 Innovations in Government
Aug 19, 2014 City of Chicago Issues First Emerging Business Permit to E.A.T. Spots
Apr 9, 2014 One Year After Launch, Foodborne Chicago Continues to Enhance Food Safety

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