FDA issues alert to Utah food establishments about health official impersonator

(Oct. 19, 2017) — The Utah Department of Health has received reports of an individual impersonating an FDA Compliance Officer in central Utah. This person attempted to close a restaurant and left a card afterward.

The FDA has been made aware of this situation. At a minimum, FDA officers all have a PIV card (Personal Identification Verification) card with their photo and a gold chip. FDA email addresses will have the following format: name@fda.hhs.gov. They also carry credentials that have their photo and signature by the FDA Commissioner and a gold badge, numbered, with “FDA Investigator” circling the logo.

Summit County Health Inspectors carry official identification which includes an ID card and a numbered silver star badge with “Health Official” across the top.

Food establishment owners, management, and staff have the right to request this verification and should ask to see official identification before allowing anyone to inspect. A hat or jacket with a logo is not a proper form of ID, nor is a business card.

If you suspect someone may be impersonating a Health Official, please contact the Summit County Health Department at 435-333-1500.

2017-10-19T22:10:02+00:00

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