We all eat food. Some people make food at home. Some people eat out, order take out, and eat on the go. Some people like to eat at outdoor cookouts or campouts and some people make lunches for their children during the school year. For that reason, food safety is a major public health concern.
CDC estimates that each year roughly:
- 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick
- 128,000 are hospitalized, and
- 3,000 die of foodborne diseases
The Maplewood Health Department inspects and licenses all restaurants and food vendors in the township. Abiding by the New Jersey Department of Health food safety standards and regulations is important to prevent foodborne illnesses and diseases from spreading.
For more information on food licenses and food handler exclusionary guidance for restaurants, caterers and food vendors, go to 'Restaurant Licenses and Food Handler Safety'.