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:

1st quarter 2017 Food Safety Newsletter

Temporary Food Application Form (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

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  In our area, ServSafe is the most easily accessible course to meet this requirement in a classroom setting.  ServSafe Level 2 (Manager’s Course) will be offered in surrounding localities by the OSU Extension Office  (click here for the 2017 application) or visit the ServSafe website for additional on-line courses at  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:

March 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Test will be given at the Mercer County Central Services Building, 220 W. Livingston St., Celina, 2nd floor conference room

ServSafe exam registration form March 30, 2017.docx     Advance registration is required – register by March 16, 2017.  No walk-ins on the date of the examinations will be accepted.


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