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Health board's responsibility to inspect 274 Canfield Fair vendors

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CANFIELD, Ohio = While one of the biggest challenges for fair food vendors is keeping up with all of the hungry fair goers, the heat may certainly be an another obstacle this weekend.

"We are going to be looking at how they are keeping food cold on hot days, especially.  They need refrigeration like I said, mechanical refrigeration because we want that to be able to recover that temperature every time they open that," said Andrew Stefan with the Mahoning County Board of Health.

Andrew Stefan is a sanitarian with the Mahoning County Board of Health.  He, along with about a dozen other Board of Health employees, are responsible for inspecting every food booth at the Canfield Fair.  This year there are 274 of them.

"They know what we are looking for.  They are ready for us most of the time as far as the things I want to see," said Stefan.

The inspection begins on the outside with a look at the water hook ups.  Then, its on to the sinks and sanitation set up.  A check of the equipment is next.  Then, the temperature of the refrigerators and hot holding areas are taken.  Refrigerators should be 41 degrees or cooler.  Hot holding areas should be 135 degrees or warmer.  For the owners of The Smokehouse BBQ, who were inspected Friday morning, it's another passing inspection.

"They are the police that police the food and without them out here I wouldn't want to come out here.  They are here for the public, the Mahoning County Board of Health does a great job out here," said Matt Baird, owner of The Smokehouse BBQ.

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