Food Safety Program
Food Safety Program News / Updates
Food Program Survey (click here to take survey) - If you are a food operator in Pickaway County, we are asking that you complete this brief survey.
7.17.17 - Level 2 Food Certification Classes : PCGHD will be holding more level 2 food safety classes in Fall and Winter of 2017. Please contact our office at 740-477-9667 ext 227 if you are interested. The schedule for the classes will be released soon. Re-exam schedule will be release soon to for those who need to re-take the exam.
Latest Food Recalls: click here to see the most recent list of recalled foods provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments (Risk Program)
Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments are licensed and inspected by the Environmental Health Division. Restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, school cafeterias, caterers, and other permanent facilities that sell food are required to be licensed under the Risk Program. The division requires plan review for new construction of food operations and for remodel of existing facilities prior to being licensed. Once licensed, the operations are inspected on an annual or biannual basis depending upon the risk level of the food operation and also responds to investigation of food borne illness complaints.
Food Safety Training Opportunities
PCGHD is approved by the Ohio Department of Health to provide required Level 1 Food Safety Training for persons-in-charge as well as the upcoming required (March 1, 2017) Level 2 Ohio Food Certification. We have classes routinely throughout the year held at our health department. If you are interested in becoming trained in Level 1 or Level 2 food safety, please contact our office at 740-477-9667 ext. 225 to see when our next class is scheduled.
Temporary Food Operations
Temporary food operations are licensed during time limited events with a duration from 1 to 5 days Many times temporary food operations are obtained for a food service in which permanent facilities are not available or accessible or are held in an unlicensed kitchen and a temporary set-up is required to meet licensing requirements. Temporary Food Operations are inspected at lease once during each time limited event.
Mobile Food Operations
Mobile food license is required for a mobile kitchen or mobile food concession. Typically, food vendors that operate at different locations throughout the county or state are required to obtain a mobile food license. The license is for vendors that set up at local festivals, events, or locations to prepare and sell food from the mobile food operation. The environmental health division inspects mobile operations at least once per license year and during events and festivals when the mobile food operations are serving food.
Vending Food Operations
Vending machines located in Pickaway County that serve or sell potentially hazardous food are required to obtain a food vending license for each location in which a vending machine selling those foods are located.
Micromarkets are locations that sell food but are held in a controlled environment such as an office building, break room, or other area where the people can purchase food from a display or machine but is not a vending machine. Micromarkets are a new license classification and if you need further information, contact our office or Ohio Department of Agriculture for more information.
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