Food Program Manager
joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss how the Knoxville Health Department is responsible for the inspection of food service establishments. Environmental health specialists work directly with food service operators to achieve safe and sanitary food handling practices through inspections, training, and enforcement of the food service rules and regulations. Retail food operations such as convenience and grocery stores are regulated by the Department of Agriculture.
Kevin Clark Bio:
- Eastern Kentucky University- BS in Business Admin
- Over 15 years experience as food operations management in the private sector.
- 4 years regulatory experience as food program manager.
- Projects: Updated KCHD EH website with new food safety flyers, inspection audit check list, mock inspection, food safety training videos, and online food safety training. Enrolled in Program Standards program achieving completion of Standards 1, 2, Provide ongoing training and standardization to EHS in Knox County. Participate in TN Food Safety Task Force, State Variance Approval Committee, and attend annual FDA food conferences.
- When not at work, I love spending family time with Lisa (wife) and Fisher (son) doing just about anything outdoors like boating on Norris Lake, camping/hiking/fishing/kayaking, as well as entertaining friends and family at our home. We are also avid Kentucky Wildcats and Minnesota Vikings fans!!
Kevin Clark, Food Program Manager
Environmental Health Division
Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917-6413
Phone: (865) 215-5200
Fax: (865) 215-5221
Kevin’s team reviews plans required of new food establishments and those planning remodeling ensuring the establishment will meet the minimum construction and installation requirements before construction. Prior approval of plans protects applicants from expensive changes after construction and installation.
Environmental health specialists inspect every establishment where food and beverages are prepared and served at least twice a year or more often as deemed necessary to ensure compliance with the Tennessee Food Safety Act*. Current food permits and the most recent inspection report must be displayed in a prominent location for the public to view.
Employee level training is available free of charge in each county health department every month. Contact your local health department for a schedule of training classes.
Consumer complaints and reports of suspected foodborne disease outbreaks are promptly and thoroughly investigated in cooperation with county nurses, doctors, and epidemiological workers.
Foodborne Illness Complaint Hotline 1-800-293-8228
*Tennessee Code, Title 68, Chapter 14