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Food Safety

The Health Department is responsible for licensing and inspection of food service operations and retail food establishments including restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, concession trailers, food vending machines, and temporary food sales at events, delis, and grocery stores in Muskingum County.

Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) help maintain sanitary standards by checking for cleanliness and proper food handling. The State of Ohio requires a minimum of one or two inspections per year depending on the type of license.

Ohio law requires a food service license for anyone who prepares or serves meals or portions of a meal for a charge or required donation.

To know which food licensing process your food service must follow, refer to the descriptions below.

 

Food Licensing


Food License

Issued to any location where food is sold. A Plan Review Application is required for all new facilities.

Examples include restaurants, cafeterias, schools, grocery stores, and convenience stores.

Resources:

New Food Service Step-by-Step Guide to Licensing

2023 Food License Application

2023 Food Establishment Plan Review Application


Temporary Food License

Issued to a facility that is operated at an event for no more than five consecutive days that sells most food (unpackaged or packaged) and beverages in the same location. A person is limited to ten temporary food service licenses per licensing period (March 1 – February 28).

Exemption: Those selling ONLY bottled drinks (commercially packaged) that do not require refrigeration or those selling commercially pre-packaged foods that are not refrigerated and in displays less than 200 cubic feet.

Examples include concession stands, food tents, and unlicensed mobile food trucks.

Resources:

Temporary Food Licensing Guide

Temporary Food Service Application


Mobile Food License

Issued to a moveable structure which must change locations at least once every forty days.

Examples include food trucks/concession trailers, pushcarts, and hot dog carts.

Resources:

Mobile Food Licensing Guide


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, hot chocolate, or soup.


Micro Market License

Issued to an unmanned store generally located within an office building. This facility offers Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) food and non-TCS food items for purchase by using a self-checkout kiosk. In addition, specific equipment is required. Coolers and freezers must have health switches that will automatically lock the cooler or freezer door in the event of a temperature control issue or power failure.

Food Safety Education

We provide a free safety course for food handlers to increase their knowledge of food safety and the regulations we use during the inspections of the facilities in Muskingum County. To request a food training or if you have any questions, contact your inspecting sanitarian:

For West Muskingum County, email Michael Cruze at michaelc@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 227.

For East Muskingum County, email Dalton Kirkbride at daltonk@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 292.

For recreational/schools, email Jason Tilton at jasont@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 291.

 

According to Rule 3701-21-25 of the Ohio Administrative Code, at least one employee with supervisory or managerial responsibility must have an Ohio Manager Certification (Level 2) in food protection. This certification can be obtained through the following resources:

ServSafe

Learn2Serve

TAPSeries

Diversys Learning

State Food Safety

NEHA Professional Food Manager

Food Protection Manager Course

The Manager Certification is also offered in person locally through the Foodworks Alliance. More information including dates and registration can be found here: Foodworks Alliance.

Please note that this training does require a proctored exam. If your selected course does not offer a proctored exam, you will need to find a training that does or find a resource that offers just the proctored exam.

 

In addition to the Manager Certification requirements, the Ohio Food Code also requires that at least one employee with a Person-In-Charge Certification (Level 1) is present whenever the facility is operating. This training can be found at any of the following resources: http://www.statefoodsafety.com

Ohio Food Safe Training

ServSafe

360 Training

 

Food Safety Signs

We encourage all food service providers to use food safety reminders in their facilities. For food safety signs, use the printable PDF links below.

Washing with 3 Sink Compartments

Cooking Temperatures

Refrigeration Safety

Proper Ways to Cool Food

No Bare Hand Contact

Wash Your Hands

Consumer Advisory

 

Contact Information

For West Muskingum County, email Michael Cruze at michaelc@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 227.

For East Muskingum County, email Dalton Kirkbride at daltonk@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 292.

For recreational/schools, email Jason Tilton at jasont@ashauto.net or call 740-454-9741, ext. 291.

 

Applications

2023 Food License Application

2023 Food Establishment Plan Review Application

Temporary Food Service Application

 

Guides

New Food Service Step-by-Step Guide to Licensing

Mobile Food Licensing Guide

Temporary Food Licensing Guide

 

Resources

Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code

Employee Health Policy Agreement

Food Safety for Groups and Outside Events

Clean-Up and Disinfection for Norovirus

Power Outages

Water Outages and Boil Advisories

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Quick Resources

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