Food Safety Program

Enforce laws and regulations the protect health and ensure safety.

Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

Food Safety

The Food Protection Program promotes healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments.

In Licking County, there are over 650 licensed food establishments, including restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, concession trailers, food vending machines, temporary food sales at events, delis, and grocery stores. Each of these establishments has owners, managers and employees who are expected to handle food safely to prevent disease and comply with state regulations.

Our sanitarians inspect these establishments an average of twice a year, more if needed. They also offer educational sessions for food handlers as indicated below.

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Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code (UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2013)

Food Service Operation/Retail Food Establishment Plan Review Application

Power Outage Information For Food Service and Retail Food Establishment Operators

Restaurant and Food Establishment Inspection Database (Hosted by the Newark Advocate)

Food Safety Recalls

Food Safety Program Improvements

LCHD began implementing improvement initiatives in its Food Safety Program in late 2012, and this effort has continued in 2013.  The department implemented an Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) in order to bring facilities with consistent violations into compliance with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code in January of 2013.  LCHD also began indicating critical violations identified during its inspections on its inspection reports in April of 2013.  Doing so places an emphasis on violations with a higher potential of causing foodborne illnesses.  In June of 2013, LCHD received a revised list of critical violations from the Ohio Department of Health.  LCHD will begin "phasing" the new critical violations into its inspections.  For now, LCHD sanitarians will educate operators regarding the new list of critical violations, and offer guidance for how operators can comply with the regulations. For more information please review the documents below:

Enhanced Enforcement Program
Critical Violations Information
Critical Violations List from the Ohio Department of Health (June 2013)

Food Handler Training Class

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 2 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.  CLICK HERE to view our course schedule and you can EMAIL us to register for an upcoming class.  For more information feel free to call us at (740) 349-6535.

Food Handler Training Guide (English)*

Food Handler Training Guide (Spanish)*

Food Handler Training Guide (Chinese)*

*Guides provided by Tulsa Health Department

Foodworker Manual


Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code OAC 3717 (Updated January 1, 2013)

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-21 Food Service Operations

  Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 901:3-4 Retail Food Establishments


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We will be more than happy to assist you if you have any questions you cannot get answered here.

Phone : (740) 349-6535 (24/7 Number to Report Public Health Emergencies or Reportable Infectious Diseases)
Fax : (740) 349-6510

Office Location: 675 Price Rd., Newark OH 43055 Map

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8AM-5PM (plus some evening clinic hours)