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Food inspectors busy during Mardi Gras season

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MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

Mardi Gras is in full swing and Mobile County health inspectors said all food vendors have passed inspection, but that doesn't mean they won't keep checking. 

The Mobile County Health Department said they are conducting spot checks every day. Inspectors check food temperatures, wastewater leaks, plumbing issues, and any other safety violations. 

And with the widespread flu outbreak this season, the health department is making sure no one is in violation. 

"Hygiene is especially important this time of year for everyone is handling food or for the general area who is out there eating because they are out there in contact with a lot of different people, washing hands to help prevent the flu," said Brad Philips with the health department. 

Each food vendor has their inspection score and food permit posted in plain view like any restaurant. 

"Anyone who is eating from these booths should feel confident it has been reviewed by the health department's food inspectors," Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford said. "Whether it is special events or outdoor cooking, we will be there to protect the community from food-borne illnesses."

If you see a vendor selling food without a permit or inspection sheet posted, you're asked to call the inspection services office at (251) 690-8116 or call the after-hours number at (251) 690-8158.

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