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Food Safety Services

Food Safety in the Home

Safe Food Handling Practices

Illness can result from the consumption of food that is not properly handled.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million people annually suffer from illness due to food.  Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.  Illness from food also has an economical cost.  The Economic Research Service and United States Depart of Agriculture estimates the cost of foodborne illness to be 6.9 billion dollars annually.  This cost is due to medical expenses, lost productivity, and death. 

Avoiding illness from food can be simple if you follow a few rules.  Four practices that will help you make safe food within your home are CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK & CHILL

Survey for Food Safety in Your Home


Below links are other resources you can use to help prepare safe food within your home.

Contact Us

Health Department


700 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Public Health Clinics

(616) 632-7100

(616) 632-7083

Mark Hall, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Adam London, RS, MPA
Administrative Health Officer

Animal Shelter

740 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6:30pm
Closed for Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

(616) 632-7300

(616) 632-7324

Environmental Health Services

700 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6900

(616) 632-6892

Employee Recognition

Nominate a Kent County Employee for Quality Service!