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Health Department warns food establishments of phony inspector scam

(September 6, 2011) Public health officials are warning local establishments of a scam involving a fake food inspector investigating a “complaint” by phone for the second time this year.

"We want to remind the 600 food establishments in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego that your local food inspector will always personally contact you if there is a complaint, even if it comes through a state agency," said Scott Kendzierski, Director of Environmental Health for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "If a state inspector comes to your facility, your local food inspector will always accompany him or her."

The Health Department does not ask food service establishments to make telephone calls for inspection code numbers, schedule appointments to schedule restaurant inspections, or accept cash on the premises for any reason. If food service operators have any doubts or suspicions about the identity of an inspector, or believe they are a victim of a scam, they should call Penney Massey, Food Service Program Supervisor at 231-547-7668.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) suggests these tips to food establishments so they don't fall victim to this scam: