Food Safety

Food service operations are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3701-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code, and Chapter 3717-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

This program involves licensing and inspecting food service operations and retail food establishments including restaurants, grocery stores, mobile food trailers, vending machines, convenience stores, and temporary food stands. During inspections we check for cleanliness of facilities and equipment, proper food holding temperatures, proper food handling procedures, food storage, food sources, among other things. We also review plans for new facilities to ensure that adequate equipment and materials are provided to meet code requirements.

The following forms and safety bulletins are available for you to download:

2nd quarter 2017 Food Safety Newsletter

Temporary Food Service Application(Note: Please allow 10 days advance notice in order to obtain a temporary food service license.)

What to Do When the Power Goes Off

Food Facility Disaster Guidance Information

First Aid for Food Choking 2017

Holiday / Cookout Recommendations

New Facility Guidelines / Plan Review Application Packet

***NEW Ohio Administrative food code effective March 1, 2016 will require 1 member of management from a food facility to complete an approved food safety education course, such as ServSafe, in order to obtain Ohio Certification in Food Protection.   For a complete listing of education courses meeting the Ohio Department of Health educational requirements, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/foods/food2.aspx.  In our area, ServSafe Level 2 (Manager’s Course) will be offered on the ServSafe website www.servsafe.com.

FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ELECTED TO COMPLETE THE MANAGER’S COURSE (LEVEL 2) ON-LINE, A PROCTORED EXAM SESSION IS STILL NECESSARY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR OHIO CERTIFICATION IN FOOD PROTECTION FROM OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.  TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE ON-LINE COURSE AND NEED TO COMPLETE THE EXAMINATION, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SET THE FOLLOWING EXAM DATE:

October 30, 2017   –   9:00 am – 11:00 am            Location:  Mercer County Central Services Building, 2nd floor conf. room

click here for Registration Form

 

Registration deadline is October 16, 2017.

 

The Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code can be obtained at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/rules/final/3717-1.aspx
To view the latest food product recalls, visit the Ohio Department of Health Food Safety home page at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/eh/foods/food2.aspx