Ohio Food Safety Code

State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code changes

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1. The exam must be given by a proctor or the course administrator.

2. The course administrator submits the class roster and passing scores to the Ohio Department of Health.

3. Then the Ohio Department of Health distributes Ohio Level Two certificates – to the exam administrator, who subsequently distributes them to the student.

4. Steps to apply for reciprocity with the Ohio Department of Health.

5. Also, the facility’s Person-in-Charge (PIC) is required to ensure that a Food Service Operation/Retail Food Establishment (FSO/RFE) have a written procedure for employees to follow when responding to vomiting and diarrheal events.

What is the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code?

Ohio's Food Safety Program provides assistance in all aspects of food safety to local health department staff, the food service industry and the general public. Technical experts are available to provide current information on food safety as it applies to licensable food service operations (e.g., restaurants, vending machine locations, mobile and temporary food service operations). The Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code is a guide for all foodservice establishments to follow. The deadline for completing level two certification training was March 1, 2017. For more detail, see this article.

What do you need to know?

What do you need to know? On January 7, 2016 the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture provided training on revisions to the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code. Some of the changes were minor revisions to definitions and other non-substantive revisions; refer to our step-by-step guide to implement the changes. Click here to download the Ohio Food Code Changes guide.