The Food Safety Program is primarily responsible to protect the community against foodborne illnesses resulting from health code violations and improper handling of food. It is responsible for inspections of food service operations, food vending machines, mobile food operations, and food establishments. Schools, daycare centers, restaurants, and hospitals are just a few of the areas inspected on a regular basis by this section. Thanks to the ongoing, highly professional service provided by registered sanitarians, the incidence of foodborne illnesses is minimal in the Franklin County community.
Things we do:
- License all food service operations and food establishments
- Inspect food establishments and food services operations
- Approve plans for all new and renovated food-related facilities
- Investigate foodborne illnesses and reports of contaminated food
- Investigate customer complaints
- Procure and analyzes water samples from food establishments/food service operations with privately owned wells
- Make in-service presentations
- Investigate reports of food related violations
- Inspect vending machines that dispense food products
- Inspect Micro-Markets
We inspect all food facilities within Franklin County and the City of Pickerington with the exception of the cities of Columbus and Worthington. Any restaurants within the city limits of Columbus or Worthington are licensed and inspected by Columbus Public Health.
If you need information about a change of ownership inspection, please contact the designated inspector.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the designated inspector, or email the Food Safety Section.
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2019 ServSafe/Level 2 Registration
The Food Safety Program is pleased to announce that we’ll be offering ServSafe Managers Course/Level 2 Certification. The course will be offered over two days and will fulfill requirements for Ohio’s Level 2 Certification rule. Registration is due one week prior to the first day of each session. If you have any questions, please contact the Food Safety Program by calling 614-525-4537, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Food Code Updates
All vending locations
Restaurants in Worthington are inspected by Columbus Public Health (614) 645-8191
The goal of the Food Safety Program’s enforcement guide is to have and maintain a progressive enforcement approach that includes outreach and education which ultimately ensures each facility is in compliance with the Ohio Uniform Food Code.
A facility may be placed into the enforcement program when there are critical or repeat violations that go uncorrected. If at any given inspection, uncorrected critical violations exist, a follow-up inspection may be performed. If at the time of the follow-up inspection, those violations or additional violations are present, the facility may be placed into the enforcement program. This may include increased inspections, an administrative hearing, or referral to the Board of Health for additional enforcement actions which may include suspension, revocation or placing restrictions on the food license.
Please contact the food safety program or designated inspector for specific questions regarding our enforcement procedures.
COTTAGE FOOD ITEMS, FARM & FARMERS' MARKET INFORMATION
- Bakery products (such as cookies, breads, brownies, cakes, pies, etc.);
- Candy (including no-bake cookies, chocolate covered pretzels or similar chocolate covered non-perishable items);
- Jellies and fruit butter, granola, granola bars, granola bars dipped in candy;
- Popcorn, flavored popcorn, kettle corn, popcorn balls, caramel corn;
- Unfilled baked donuts;
- Waffle cones;
- Dry cereal and nut snack mixes with seasonings;
- Roasted coffee, whole beans or ground;
- Dry baking mixes in a jar, including cookie mix in a jar;
- Dry herbs and herb blends;
- Dry seasoning blends; and
- Dry tea blends.
- The name and address of the business of the “Cottage Food Production Operation”;
- The name of the food product;
- The ingredients of the food product, in descending order of predominance by weight;
- The net weight or net volume of the food product;
- The following statement in ten-point type: “This Product is Home Produced.”