The Food Safety Program inspects food service operations, food vending machines, mobile food operations, and food establishments. Schools, daycare centers, restaurants, and hospitals are just a few of the areas inspected on a regular basis by this division.
Things we do:
- License all food service operations and food establishments
- Inspect food establishments and food services operations
- Approve plans for all new and renovated food-related facilities
- Investigate foodborne illnesses and reports of contaminated food
- Investigate customer complaints
- Procure and analyzes water samples from food establishments/food service operations with privately owned wells
- Make in-service presentations
- Investigate reports of food related violations
- Inspect vending machines that dispense food products
or by calling 740-392-2200. Ext. 2222.
There are several new changes in the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code that take affect this year. Click here to see a summary of the latest changes.
A Food Service License is issued to a location or area where food is prepared and served in individual portions. Examples include restaurants, cafeterias, and schools.
A Retail Food Establishment License is issued to a facility that sells prepackaged food items, or sells multiple servings of food products. Examples include grocery stores, gas stations, and most pizza shops.
Temporary Food License is issued to a facility that is operated at an event for no more than five consecutive days.
Mobile Food License is issued to a moveable structure which must change locations at least once every 40 (forty) days.
Vending Machine License is 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, soup, or hot chocolate.
Forms and Resources
Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
Ohio Food Safety Code
Mobile Food Service Operation Guidelines
Mobile Food Planning Guide and Review Form
Cottage Food Production
Application for Temporary Food Permit - 5 pages
Application for Facility Layout and Equipment Review
Facility and Equipment Guidelines for Food Service/Food Establishment Facilities
Guidelines During a Boil Advisory or Water Interruption
Food Safety Guidelines at Temporary Events
Food Safety Posters (9 different posters, print one or all)
Consumer Advisory Requirements
Employee Illness Reporting Requirements
Choking Poster – Color Version - B/W Version
Bodily Fluid Clean-up Guidance
Food Employee/Conditional Employee Reporting Disease Agreement Example
Food Safety Classes
The Knox County Health Department provides a mandatory one-day food safety class for food service workers with little or no food service experience. The classes are held three times a year and also offered on an as needed basis in the health department conference room. Classes are free. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and registration form.
A three-day "Certification in Food Protection" (ServSafe) course is also available to food service managers. The Serv-Safe program is offered three times a year. Class fee is $193 per person which includes the textbook and handouts. Click here for more information and registration form.
Other sources for training:
If you are unable to attend any of the trainings we offer, click here to connect with searchable database on the Ohio Department of Health's website for other Level I and Level II trainings in neighboring counties.