If you’re thinking that you don’t hear about a restaurant in St. Joseph County being closed by the Health Department as often as you used to…you’re right.
There were five food service businesses closed temporarily by the Health Department due to violations in 2017. That’s down a sharp two-thirds from the 15 that were shut down in the year before.
The South Bend Tribune reports that health officials are giving some of the credit to media outlets and social media, for playing a role informing the community of the violations. They say that kind of negative attention inspires other businesses to make sure that they aren’t operating with health code violations, so they can avoid the unwanted publicity of a closure.
Since inspections are random, officials say restaurant owners and managers more likely to stay in a constant state of readiness.