Consumer Advisory

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According to the DuPage County Food Service Sanitation Code Service Sanitation Code (77 ILL. ADM. CODE 750.110.k), if a food service establishment offers any raw or under-cooked animal food, such as meat, poultry, eggs or seafood (including shellfish), in ready-to-eat form or offers any ready-to-eat food containing animal food as a raw ingredient, the food service establishment operator shall advise consumers of the presence of such raw or under-cooked animal food and advise consumers of the increased health risk of eating such foods in raw or under-cooked form, especially for certain populations.

The consumer advisory may be in the form of a brochure, menu advisory, label statement, table tent, placard or other written notification that is visible to patrons. Contact the DuPage County Health Department for a copy of their 8.5"x5.5" consumer advisory. The DuPage County Health Department consumer advisory states:

The DuPage County Health Department advises that eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or seafood poses a health risk to everyone, but especially to the elderly, young children under age four, pregnant women, and other highly susceptible individuals with compromised immune systems. Thorough cooking of such animal foods reduces the risk of illness. If you have questions, contact your physician or the DuPage County Health Department at 630-682-7979, extension 7046 or www.dupagehealth.org/food-safety.

NOTE: Food service establishments whose primary consumers are highly susceptible individuals, such as nursing homes, hospitals, day care centers and nursery schools, are not permitted to serve raw or under-cooked animal foods.