/What is an approved food source?

A food establishment must help to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses by assuring the food they serve is safe, from an approved source, and received in good condition. Purchasing from approved food sources is critical since numerous foodborne illness investigations have been traced back to food from unapproved sources.

All permitted food establishments must be able to demonstrate their suppliers are approved and permitted through the appropriate enforcement agency (see table “Agencies of Jurisdiction” below). Food from a private home is never allowed to be used and/or served in a permitted food establishment.

Section 3-201.11 (A) of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) 2010 Regulations Governing the Sanitation of Food Establishments (Regulations) states, “Food shall be obtained from an approved source.”  “Approved” as defined in the food regulations means, “Acceptable to the Health Authority based upon conformance with appropriate, accepted or recognized industry standards, and good public health practice.” Sections 3‐1 and 3‐2 of the Regulations detail the requirements associated with the condition, source, packaging, product identification, records, and other specifications for receiving food.

If there are further questions regarding the approved source, contact your SNHD inspector at (702) 759-1110.