Food Safety Program

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Preventing foodborne illness through education and enforcement

The Food Protection Program promotes healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments. The Health Department conducts inspections all the Food Service Operations (FSOs) and Retail Food Establishments (RFEs) in Licking County. FSOs consist of traditional restaurants and school cafeterias where the food is eaten on-site, while RFEs normally consist of convenience stores, carryout and delivery only restaurants and supermarkets.

We conduct a minimum of two inspections at every FSO and RFE in the county each year. Our staff also inspects mobile FSOs and RFEs that are selling food at festivals and other events around the county. This includes concession trailers and food trucks. Our sanitarians perform over 1,100 food safety inspections each year.

We are pleased to be able to provide our inspection reports to the public on our website. We hope you find the reports useful, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You can reach us at (740) 349-6535 or

Additionally, we inspect vending machines that sell sandwiches and other foods that must be kept at the proper temperature in order to remain safe to eat. We inspect temporary food service operations which are commonly set up at a special event for a limited time. Vending and Temporary inspections are not available on-line at this time.


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Food Handler Training Classes

Most food service workers have no formal food safety training prior to joining the food service industry. Assuring a competent workforce should be at the foundation of any organization's foodborne disease prevention strategy.

Our sanitarians provide free Level I Certification In Food Safety courses for food handlers to increase their knowledge of food safety and the regulations we use during the inspections of the facilities in Licking County. The class usually last about two hours. We can also provide customized trainings to meet the specific needs of  your operation, and we can conduct the training at your facility if you would like. You can EMAIL us to register for an upcoming class. For more information feel free to call us at (740) 349-6535.

 2015 Class SCHEDULE Level I Certification in Food Protection Course

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Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP)

The Licking County Health Department implemented the EEP in order to bring facilities with consistent violations into compliance with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code in January of 2013. The EEP allows LCHD to more quickly ensure that critical violations and repeat violations of the food code are corrected. The EEP includes education, increased inspection frequency, and enforcement action when needed. For more information regarding our EEP and a list of critical violations please review the documents below.



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