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|Restaurant Inspections Up for Comment
|The Knox County Board of Health is wanting to make sure the public, and local restaurant owners, are heard before taking any action regarding a proposed hike in a certain type of inspection restaurants may have to undergo.
The Board of Health Thursday night could vote on a number of increases for fees implemented for various re-inspections of food establishments, following a public hearing that will be held on the matter.
Knox County Health Department Administrator Greg Chance says the health department has been working on these changes to the county's food safety ordinance since March, with the help of the health department's food safety advisory group.
"That group is appointed by the Health Department administrators. They represent the food service industry within Knox County. (They have a) broad spectrum of interest from restaurants, grocery store, local liquor establishments. They serve on a group, and we discuss these concerns that we have from a health department perspective and ask them for their recommendations on what types of options we should look at in terms of compliance."
Chance says the fees aren't a way for the health department to make money, rather, a way to encourage restaurants to keep their facilities up to code, after a significant increase in the number of critical violations in the last couple years.
The public hearing is scheduled for 6:00 Thursday night at the Health Department -- the Knox County Board of Health's regular meeting will follow at 7:00.
If the change is approved, it must still be taken to the full county board for a vote.
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