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Consumer Protection

woman food handlerThe Consumer Protection Division is responsible for licensing, monitoring and inspecting hotels and motels, eating and drinking establishments, retail and wholesale food outlets, food manufacturers, and public bathing places, as well as body piercing and tattooing.  The Consumer Protection Division also administers statewide programs for bedding, general occupational health and product safety.

Specific Program Areas:

  • Bedding Industry
  • Body Piercing and Tattooing
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Compressed Medical Gases, and Health Fraud
  • Hotels-Motels
  • Mammography Quality Standards Act
  • Medical Micro-pigmentation
  • Public Bathing Places
  • Rabies
  • Retail Foods
  • Wholesale Foods, Manufacturers, Processors, Bottled Water
  • Water Vending, and Department of Corrections Facilities
  • X-RAY Tubes
  • Radiation Advisory Committee

Retail Foods

The food service inspection program was created in 1923.  It is a traditional public health program for the protection of the consumer and of all food goods sold in the State of Oklahoma.  The mission of the food inspection program is to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness and provide for a sanitary environment in food service establishments.  On-site inspection of food establishments is performed by county health department sanitarians.

Public Bathing Places

This program was created to reduce the incidence of illness and injury in public bathing places.  All public bathing places shall be maintained in a sanitary and safe condition, and all owners, managers, operators, and other attendants in charge of any public bathing place shall re responsible for the sanitation and safety of such places during the season or seasons when the public bathing place is in use.


Animal rabies is a reportable disease in Oklahoma.  Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus.  The rabies virus can affect the central nervous system of all warm-blooded mammals.  Human rabies is very rare in the United States, but animal rabies, particularly in some wild animal species, is not uncommon.  Rabies infections are almost always fatal once symptoms of the disease  have begun.

In order to test an animal for rabies, brain tissue must be intact.  It is important to remember:

  • Not to shoot the animal in the head
  • Not to crush the skull of the animal
  • To refrigerate (not freeze) the animal carcass as soon as possible until it can be delivered to a veterinarian for removal of the head and submission to the State Public Laboratory for testing.

How can rabies be prevented?

  • Be a responsible pet owner!  Make sure all pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.
  • Keep dogs and cats close to home.  Dogs should be leashed or within a fenced-in area when outside.
  • If your pet comes into direct contact with a skunk or bat, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Do not keep wild animals as pets!  Learn to enjoy them from a distance.
  • Discourage wild animals from inhabiting areas close to residences.
  • Bats found inside your home, whether alive or dead, should be tested for rabies. DO NOT release or dispose of the bat before contacting the local health department for advice.

Additional Information:
Information about Mold:

For information concerning water, sewer, or air, contact The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at 1-800-522-0206 or click on the link below:

For more information please contact the Hughes County Health Department or:

Consumer Protection Division
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129
(405)271-5243, FAX (405)271-3458

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