Food Protection

The Village Sanitarian seeks to ensure that each food service establishment operating within the Village of Northbrook offers safe food to its customers. To achieve this, the Village Sanitarian conducts inspections throughout the year at each establishment.

Food Borne Illness & Communicable Disease


Regular inspections can help reduce the chance for food borne illness or the transmission of communicable diseases. Food and water borne illness can be caused by toxins created by bacteria growth, harmful algal species, or through contamination with other bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Many cases of food poisoning happen when someone eats a food that contains harmful bacteria.

The most common according to the Center for Disease Control are illnesses caused by the following bacteria:
  • Cryptosporidium parvum
  • Escherichia coli 0157: H7 (E. Coli)
  • Salmonella species
  • Shigella dysentariae
  • Vibrio cholerae
Most symptoms from infections with food and water-borne bacteria include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and stomach cramping.

Report an Incident


If you believe you or someone you know may have come into contact with food or water-borne bacteria, please contact the Cook County Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Center at 708-633-8030 immediately. You can also submit a report to Cook County online, through the Food Borne Illness Complaint Form.

If you require attention after hours, contact the Cook County Health Department at 708-633-4000.