"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:
"We work hard to develop collegial relationships with food service operators. It is completely unacceptable for imposters to threaten or attempt to intimidate them. We will be working closely with local law enforcement officials to address any complaints," Kendzierski said.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, contact Massey at 231-547-7668.