NH DHHS - Food Establishment Inspection Data Available to Consumers on DHHS Website

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing a new

database containing food establishment inspection results is available to

consumers. The database which is on the DHHS website now enables consumers

to easily view food establishment results online, rather than having to

request an individual report.

Inspection results are shown using a color rating system—green, yellow, or

red—that is driven by priority items being in or out of compliance.

Priority item violations are the more serious violations that have been

found to contribute to foodborne illness or injury. A green rating

indicates that at the time of the inspection there were no priority item

violations identified or that any priority item violation(s) found was

immediately and permanently corrected on site at the time of the

inspection. A yellow rating indicates that a priority item violation was

identified and was not corrected immediately or permanently at the time of

the inspection. Red indicates an imminent health hazard was identified

during the inspection or the food establishment was operating without a

license or the establishment had allowed their license to expire. Examples

of imminent health hazards are no water or contaminated water, being

without power for a significant period of time, having a failed septic


“We are very excited to provide such a tool to the public for the first

time,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Consumers

want to know their food is safe. By routinely inspecting over 4,800 food

establishments in the State, food inspectors are working to protect public

health by preventing foodborne illness and injury.”

This report contains inspections conducted starting January 1, 2012 by the

DPHS Food Protection Section under the authority of RSA 143-A. The database

will be updated on a monthly basis, is organized alphabetically by town and

is searchable. This report does not include inspection results from:

Self-inspecting cities and towns. For a list of self inspecting

cities and towns see:


Temporary food service establishments and occasional food service

establishments (e.g., fairs, festivals, circuses) since these are

exempt from licensing under RSA 143-A,

Recreation camps licensed by the NH Department of Environmental


Health care facilities licensed by the Department of Health and Human

Services Health Facilities Administration


Childcare facilities licensed by the Department of Health and Human

Services Child Care Licensing Unit. http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/

Consumer complaints, construction inspections, and inspections of

homestead and food processing operations do not receive a color grade

and these results are not posted on the website report.

To view the database go to

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/fp/inspectionresults.htm and click on Food

Establishment Inspection Report. If you have questions, please call the

Food Protection Section of DHHS at 603-271-4589 or email them at


This database is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in

recognition of National Public Health Week; for more information go to

www.nphw.org .