Food safety guidelines

Food Safety

Food Safety

What we Do

The Environmental Health Unit (EH Unit) is responsible for licensing and inspecting food operations in accordance to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3717.

This includes:

  • Food Service Operations (FSO) (restaurants, bars, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.)
  • Retail Food Establishments (RFE) (grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations)
  • Mobile Food Service Operations and Mobile Retail Food Establishments (fairs/festival trailers)
  • Temporary Food Service Operations
  • Vending Machine Locations (coffee, sandwiches, ice cream)

FSO and RFE Application are renewed each year by March 1.

Food safety update
Risk Level Classification

Inspection frequency, plan review fees, and license fees are based on the Risk Level Classification.

For new or remodeled operations, plans must be submitted to the EH Unit for approval prior to construction. 

Home baked goods
Cottage Food Operations

Prepared home baked goods that do not require refrigeration are exempt from licensing provided the baked goods are properly labeled.

For baked goods that require refrigeration, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (800)-282-1955 to obtain a Home Bakery License.

A temporary license may be required to sell products at events such as craft shows, fairs, festivals, etc.

Person-In-Charge Certification

Food protection is required for a Person-in-Charge per shift for all operations licensed after March 1, 2010; operations implicated in a foodborne illness outbreak; and all Persons-in-Charge for operations with a documented history of failure to maintain sanitary conditions.

Manager Certification

Food protection is required for all Risk Level III and IV food service operations and retail food establishments.

These facilities must have one Person-In-Charge, who has supervisory, and management duties and permission to direct and control food preparation and service, obtain the Manager certification in food protection.