A major function of Environmental Health Services is the licensing and inspection of retail food operations in Henry County. State regulations require that each retail food operation, known as Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments be licensed and inspected by the Health Department. Food operations requiring licenses also include mobile type operations like food trucks; and certain types of vending machine locations. The HCHD Sanitarians will also respond to food safety related complaints about food operations when they are received.
Temporary food licenses are also required for many one to five day operations which sell food. Typically temporary food operations sell (or require a donation for) food as part of festivals, auctions or other small events. If you are planning to sell food to the public for a limited time event, contact Environmental Health Services at least two weeks prior to when the event begins to obtain a license to operate.
- Facility Layout and Equipment Specification Application and Checklist
- Temporary Food License Application Packet
- A Guide for Planning your Retail Food Business
- Do I Need a License for a Temporary Food Event?
- Hand Washing Setup for Temporary Food Events
- Hand Washing Poster
- Guidelines During Water Interruption or Boil Advisory
- Thermometer Calibration
- Utensil Washing Setup for Temporary Events
Food Safety Trainings:
Level One Certification in Food Protection, is a mandated course for the person in charge per shift of a risk level I, II, III, and IV food service operation or retail food establishment in the following instances:
- New facility is opened
- Facility has been implicated in a foodborne disease outbreak
- Facility has documented a failure to maintain sanitary conditions
Level Two certification in Food Protection is a more extensive course for the food manager. Effective March 1, 2016 Level III and Level IV operations must obtain Level Two Certification in Food Protection for at least one supervisory employee by March 1, 2017.
Links to Approved Level One & Level Two Certification Courses:
- ServSafe Ohio (Level One) Food Handler Online Course
- Ohio Department of Health Database of Approved Food Safety Courses
Each local health department in the state conducts routine inspections of each food facility in their jurisdiction. The purpose of these inspections is to determine if the facilities are operating in a safe and sanitary manner. Use the link below to access inspection reports for Henry County.
Use the following link to access reports from other Ohio counties.
- Food Service Operation Rules
- Retail Food Establishment Rules
- Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
- Retail and Food Service Law (Ohio Revised Code)
- Ohio Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program
- Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Program
- Food Safety Recalls