All entities that serve food for a charge are required by law to be licensed by the local health department. The Ohio Food Safety Regulations (Ohio Administrative Code 3717) can be viewed at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/rules/final/f3717-1.aspx. Licenses are valid from March 1 to Feb 28th.
There is a 25% late penalty for any renewal food application submitted after the first of March. License fees are recalculated every year based on the previous calendar year costs and any anticipated upcoming changes in costs for the programs.
The purpose of the food safety program is to reduce the risk of a food borne illness outbreak through inspecting and licensing while providing educational services to all food handlers and the general public. Food inspections are unannounced (not scheduled) except for the initial inspections conducted when opening a new/remodeled facility.
The food safety program consists of licensing and inspecting:
- Food Service Operations (FSO) – restaurants, cafeterias (food is handled and prepared)
- Retail Food Establishments (RFE) – grocery stores, gas stations (foods are primarily already prepackaged)
- Food Vending Machines – machines that dispense coffee or foods that must be held at a proper temperature (sandwiches, salads, etc.)
- Mobile Food Services – these are the self-contained operations found at most fairs and street festivals that are fully equipped to meet food safety requirements
- Temporary Food Operations – a group, organization or individual that will be selling food for a specific event or brief period of time (not to exceed 5 day)
Investigations of all food borne illnesses are conducted jointly by the Environmental Health and the Nursing divisions of the health department.
Any food facility that is either new or being remodeled must submit plans to the health department prior to any construction for review, approval and inspection.
In 2013 the Board of Health established the Food Service Award program with 10 criteria to meet to receive the award and recognition of being a food facility that strives for excellence in food safety. The Food Safety Award program is for all Class III & Class IV Risk facilities within our jurisdiction (facilities that are handling, cooking, cooking, reheating, etc. -- not just storing prepackaged products). The 10 criteria are summarized here.
The following facilities were awarded a Food Safety Award for the 2013 Licensing year:
- Buckeye Central School Cafeteria (New Washington)
- Hardee's (Bucyrus)
- Kentucky Fried Chicken (Galion)
- Little Athens Greek Restaurant (Bucyrus)
- McDonald's Restaurant (Crestline)
- Taco Bell (Bucyrus)
- The Oak's Cafe (Chatfield)
- Wal-Mart (Bucyrus)
- Wynford Elementary School Cafeteria (Bucyrus)
- Wynford High School Cafeteria (Bucyrus)
For information about National Food Safety Programs, visit the Food and Drug Administration's website at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/
To view the Ohio Department of Agriculture food recall list click on: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odaNews/ODARecalls.aspx
To view the Ohio Department of Health food recall list click on: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/alerts/food/foodRecall.aspx
To view the local newspaper’s (Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum) database containing our food inspections: http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/datacenter
Other related links containing food safety information:
ServSafe - for Managers and/or Food Handlers - www.servsafe.com
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- http://www.cdc.gov/
Partnership for Food Education, FIGHT BAC! - http://www.fightbac.org/