The Food Protection Program is responsible for licensing and inspecting retail food businesses. These include grocery stores, restaurants, bars, delis, convenience stores, vending machines, food carts, and all food sold at fairs and festivals. The inspections are a service provided for the public to ensure the safety of Columbus' food supply for all people who live or work in the City of Columbus and Worthington.
Online posting of inspection reports is a service provided to inform you of the health and safety status of licensed businesses in Columbus and Worthington. Inspection results appear approximately two weeks following the inspection. The types of inspections conducted at a business vary depending on the types of food served.
At all of our licensed facilities, including restaurants and grocery stores, we now post a small color-coded sign that is based on the results of the most recent inspection.
Trainings and Workshops
Food protection trainings are offered at Columbus Public Health and geared toward food industry professionals. See our 2013 Schedule for more details
Foodborne Illness Reporting
Columbus Public Health takes all citizen complaints regarding food borne illness and food safety seriously. For more information, go to our Foodborne Illness Reporting page.
If needed, enforcement measures are taken to ensure the safety of the food being sold. When critical violations are found during regular inspections or complaint investigations, enforcement actions may be necessary. Click here for an updated log of enforcement activities.
To report a complaint about a food service in Columbus or Worthington, call 311 (614)645-3111 or go to http://311.columbus.gov/
Food Protection Advisory Committee
A partnership between Columbus Public Health, representatives of the retail food industry, and other interested participants.
Activities focus on promoting food safety in Columbus and Worthington.