The Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up is approaching fast, bringing many food vendors to town. Individuals and organizations cannot sell food to the public without a county health permit as required by State and County law. A new ordinance went into effective last November requiring all food vendors to renew permits yearly. This means food vendors at the Round-Up must fill out a new permit application prior to their inspection.
â€śIf you plan to sell food, you must first contact the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E. 12th to request an application and pay an annual fee,â€ť said Linda Kite, Public Health Promotions Coordinator for the SNCHD. â€śFollowing the application, the temporary food vendor establishment must pass an inspection.â€ť
A temporary food vendor is a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.
All temporary food vendors should have a copy of their last inspection form visible to customers â€” this is proof that they are permitted. The public can help prevent unpermitted individuals and organizations from selling food by asking if they are permitted before they buy from them. â€śYou take a risk of getting a food-borne illness when you eat from vendors that are not permitted,â€ť said Kite.
For more information, contact Don Ware or Linda Kite at 235-5463 or come by the health department. Their website is www.nolancountyhealth.com, under the Environmental Health section.