The Inspection Division of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services performs various types of inspections throughout the year. It is the goal of the Inspection Division that every food establishment, public swimming pool and body art facility be inspected at least twice a year. All inspections are conducted by Registered Environmental Health Specialists who are licensed by the State of New Jersey.
All food establishment inspections are conducted by Registered Environmental Health Specialists. The inspections are conducted to assure that all food establishments comply with the provisions of Chapter 24 of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code. Upon completion of inspections, ratings are issued based on the conditions found.
In New Jersey, the following rating system is used:
A white placard is issued when the establishment is found to be operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24.
A yellow placard is issued when the establishment is found not operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24. This rating requires a re-inspection.
A red placard is issued to an establishment found to be operating under conditions that constitute a potential health hazard. Under these conditions, an establishment could not continue to operate and correct the violations at the same time. The establishment is asked to voluntarily close before a court order is sought.