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The City of Racine offers a wide variety of food through its many restaurants and other food service providers. In order to enjoy these foods, there must be confidence that the services are safe for both residents and visitors. See below for information regarding the results of routine restaurant and food service establishment inspections conducted by the City of Racine Public Health Department - Environmental Health Division.
Restaurant Inspection Reports
The Environmental Health Division regulates restaurants, taverns, retail food establishments, and sanitation establishments to prevent food-borne outbreaks. On-site inspections and evaluations also ensure all food service establishments/events are properly licensed according to state and federal requirements. The links below provide information regarding licensing requirements for restaurants and other food-service establishments in the City of Racine:
Restaurant, Tavern, and Retail Food Licensing
Mobile Food Establishment Licensing
Temporary Food Service Permits
Temporary Food Service Class
Hawker and Peddler Licensing
Food Establishment Complaints/Concerns
Soft-Serve Product Information
For More Information
Other Agencies to Contact for Permanent Licenses
Building Department: Joint Inspection by the Fire and Building Departments; Occupancy Permit
City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 307
Clerk/Treasurer's Office : Liquor, Soda, and/or Cigarette Licenses
City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 103
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP):
Wisconsin Food Service Manager Certification Information
A mobile food establishment is a restaurant or retail food establishment where food is served or sold from a movable vehicle, push cart, trailer, or boat which periodically or continuously changes location. Additionally, it requires a service base to accommodate the unit for servicing, cleaning, inspection, and maintenance.
A mobile food establishment does not include a vehicle which is used solely to transport or deliver food, a common carrier regulated by the state or federal government, or a movable concession stand designed to operate as a
temporary food establishment or a traveling
retail food establishment.
Licensing for all mobile food establishments follow the same requirements as regular restaurant, food service, and retail food establishments
If you are holding an event:
Law prohibits a temporary event operator from serving food more than three (3) times at the same facility in a licensing year, unless it is in association with different events. If you are planning numerous events, other permit options are available.
Event Coordinators: Fill out and return the
Temporary Event Coordinator Checklist along with your application. Also, review the
Temporary Food Service Event Requirements. This booklet contains procedures for setting up food service areas, cooking and storing food, and sanitizing work/service areas. Knowing and following this information will ensure that the permitting process, as well as the event, runs smoothly and safely.
Other Agencies to Contact for Temporary Permits:
Environmental Health Division:
City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 1
Peddler's/Seller's License, Alcohol/Soda License
City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 103
Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services Department:
Special Event at a Park Permit
Annex Building, 800 Center Street, Room 127
Temporary Food Service Class Information
Hawker and Peddler licenses are required for
Street Vendors and
Special Events. See the
City of Racine Clerk's Office for additional information.
If conditions in a restaurant, grocery store, or other food service establishment appear to be hazardous to your health or the health of others, report the circumstances to the Environmental Health Division at 262-636-9203 or submit the
online complaint form.
The City of Racine Public Health Department works with area food establishments to assure that wholesome soft serve products fit for public consumption are served. Soft-Serve means semi-frozen milk products including, ice cream, frozen dairy dessert, frozen yogurt, nondairy frozen dessert or milk shake products manufactured into a semi-frozen state in a freezing device (Soft-Serve machines) from which those products are served directly in a semi-frozen state for consumption.
Except for nondairy frozen dessert mix, all mixes used shall be secured from a licensed manufacturer of milk products.
Soft-Serve machines must meet strict sanitation requirements. The Environmental Health Division provides inspection services and collects soft serve product samples from these machines on a routine basis for laboratory bacterial analysis. Samples are analyzed by the Public Health Department Laboratory for total coliform count and standard plate count. Coliform is a diverse group of bacteria that is only present in soft serve products if there has been post-production contamination. Coliform is introduced by environmental factors and can result from common oversights such as improper hand washing.
Recommended Procedure for Cleaning Soft-Serve Ice Cream/Shake Machines
In order to ensure proper cleaning, it is highly recommended that you reference the service manual as this will provide the procedure specific to your complex machine.
Special thanks to the County of San Bernardino Department of Environmental Health Services for the following video, which provides guidance to the proper sanitizing procedure for soft serve machines.
If you have questions or would like more information, call 262-636-9203.
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