The Indian Health Service (IHS) provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. The following information is taken from WebEHRS reports run on November 20, 2007 and February 25, 2010, and provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS). WebEHRS is a web based reporting system used to track Environmental Health Services data for IHS.
As of the 2010 report, 345 of the 562 federally recognized tribes have food service operations on their lands. The government entities that perform food inspections for the 345 tribes are shown below.
Chart A: Government Entities Responsible for Inspecting Food Establishments on 345 Tribal Lands, February 25, 2010
Of the 345 tribes with food service operations, the majority have not adopted a tribal food code. This is depicted below.
Chart B: Status of Codes for Tribal Governments Having Food Establishments, February 25, 2010
However, there has been an increase in the number of tribes having a tribal food code. This number has increased from 53 (November 2007) to 63 (February 2010).
Of the 63 tribes that have a tribal food code as of February 2010, the majority are based on a version of the FDA Model Food Code as shown below.
Chart C: Code Status for the 63 Tribes Having Tribal Food Codes, February 25, 2010
The percentage of tribes having food codes based on a version of the FDA Model Food Codes increased from 72% (n=38) in November of 2007 to 86% (n=54) in February of 2010.
Of the 54 tribes (February 2010) whose codes are based on the FDA Model Food Code, the years of the editions are depicted below.
Chart D: Status of the 54 Tribes Whose Codes Area Based on the FDA Model Code, February 25, 2010
Last Updated 4/16/2012