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:

4th quarter 2018 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 Guidance / Plan Review Application

Norovirus Cleanup procedures

Norovirus clean up guidance poster

Ohio Food Code requires one 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

ServSafe Classes at Tri Star Career Compact

Tri Star Career Compact will be offering ServSafe Level 2 (Manager’s Course) Food Safety Classes this year.  For upcoming dates, please contact the Tri Star Career Compact office at 419-586-7060 or e-mail Sue Eichenauer at


ServSafe Level 2 (Manager’s Course) can be obtained on the ServSafe website 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 individuals needing to have an exam proctored, the Health Department is offering the exam.  The next exam date will be:

December 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  (Please arrive a little before 1:00 pm – late arrivals will not be allowed to enter the exam room.)           Location:  Mercer County Central Services Building, 2nd floor conference room

Click here: >  ServSafe exam registration form December 5, 2018.docx

Registration deadline is November 15, 2018.  Form and payment of $50.00 is needed by that date so as to order exams and answer sheets in time for the date of the exam!


The Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code can be obtained at
To view the latest food product recalls, visit the Ohio Department of Health Food Safety home page at