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:
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.
A Food Service License is issued to a location or area where food is prepared and served in individual portions. Examples include restaurants, cafeterias, and schools.
A Retail Food Establishment License is issued to a facility that sells prepackaged food items, or sells multiple servings of food products. Examples include grocery stores, gas stations, and most pizza shops.
Temporary Food License: Issued to a facility that is operated at an event for no more than five consecutive days. Get more info.
Mobile Food License: Issued to a moveable structure which must change locations at least once every 40 (forty) days. Get more info.
Vending Machine License: Required if you sell food that requires temperature control (frozen, refrigerated, or hot food). A license is also required if the food is dispensed in an open container or cup, such as coffee, soda, soup, or hot chocolate. Get more info.
Micro Market License: Issued to an unmanned store generally located within an office building. This facility offers TCS and non-TCS food items for purchase via self-checkout kiosk. In addition, specific equipment is required. Coolers and freezers must have health switches that will automatically be activated in the event of a temperature control issue or power failure. Get more info.
COTTAGE FOOD ITEMS
A “Cottage Food Production Operation” is required to label all of their food products and include the following information on the label of each unit of food product offered or distributed for sale:
Cottage Food Products may only be sold in Ohio. Cottage Food Products that are properly identified and labeled may be sold directly to the consumer from the site where the products are produced; sold through grocery stores, farm markets, farmers markets; and sold and/or used in preparing food in a restaurant.
Exemptions: Exemption List Document
Farm Market - is a producer operated facility where fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are offered for sale.
Farmer’s Market - a location where producers congregate to offer food items for sale.
Vending Machine Application
Plan Review Requirements
Plan Review Submittal Form and Fees
Commissary/Pushcart Agreement Form