Food Services

Protecting our community from the transmission of disease from food. The department provides county/local licensing, inspection and education to food service operations and retail food establishments in Richland County. The Board of Health, with the help of the Food Safety Program, enforces food safety rules and laws which are set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code.

Licensing and Inspections

The food safety program at Richland Public Health licenses and routinely inspects food service operations, temporary and mobile food services, vending locations and retail food establishments to ensure public safety. When a health code violation is observed, education regarding the issue is provided to the operator and corrective measures are provided. Thanks to an ongoing working relationship between Richland Public Health’s Registered Sanitarians and the food service operators in Richland County, our community is protected against foodborne illnesses resulting from improper food preparation, handling, and storage as defined by the health code.

Food Service Documents

Uniform Food Safety Code

Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Chapter 3717-1 Ohio Administrative Code

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Water System Sample Request
Emergency Situations
Certification Training Courses

Person-in-charge Certification Training Course

Manager Certification in Food Protection Registration

April 30 & May 1, 2024

August 21 & 22, 2024

December 3 & 4, 2024

May 1, 2024

August 22, 2024

December 4, 2024

ODH Food Safety Certification Link


Other Helpful Information

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature: 

Here’s a really good website that covers the latest on cooking food to the right temperature:

FOOD RECALLS: Periodically, Richland Public Health will post food recall announcements when the recall affects Richland County food items or grocery stores, is an Ohio or national recall, or involves a foodborne illness outbreak.

For food recalls that are active, we suggest the following link to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) recall site: USDA FSIS Current Food Recall site

Questions or Comments

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