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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 pm

Franklin County Health Department officials say all of the county’s food establishments will be inspected this year.

The Franklin County Health Department has completed 735 food establishment inspections this year as of Tuesday, said Tony Buel, health department epidemiologist.

Some of those are reinspections of the same establishments, he said.

There are currently 450 food establishments in the county, Buel said, adding that only 51 still have to be inspected this year.

The county failed to inspect all of the food establishments in 2011 and 2012, The Missourian reported this year. The establishments were supposed to be inspected at least once a year, but in 2011 there were only 186 inspections and 368 in 2012. In those years, there were between 460 to 500 food establishments in the county.

The health department has not found any violations this year serious enough to warrant closing down any establishments, Buel said.

There is currently one full-time and two part-time inspectors, he added.

The health department is also caught up on daycare and lodging inspections, Buel said.

This means there should be plenty of time in the final three months of the year to wrap up the final food establishment inspections, he said.

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