Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Food Safety

Food Safety

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Food Safety Inspection Reports (Lake County)

Other Ohio Jurisdiction Food Inspection Reports

Food Safety – Planning for Emergencies (flyer)

The Lake County General Health District is responsible for the inspection of over 1,200 food service operation and retail food establishments. Each facility is required to be inspected between one and four times a year.

Some examples of Food Service Operations (FSO) are restaurants, school kitchens, daycares, bars, hospitals, and nursing homes. Retail food establishments (RFE) include convenience stores, pizza shops, bakeries, grocery stores, and gas stations.

Facilities are broken down into risk levels I, II, III, and IV. Classes I and II are inspected annually and Classes III and IV require two standard inspections. A Class IV facility also requires a Critical Control Point or Process Review inspection. All inspections are unannounced.  License fees are based on risk level classification. 

LCGHD also licenses and inspects temporary and mobile FSO’s and RFE’s at fairs and festivals. For more information regarding temporary guidelines:

Temporary Guidelines English
Temporary Guidelines Spanish
Temporary Food Application

For mobiles,   Mobile Booklet

License Renewal

Please be advised that our office mails license renewal applications as a courtesy; it is not a requirement. Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the operator to ensure that his/her license is renewed prior to the expiration date. Without exception, license renewal applications received after the March first deadline will be assessed a late fee penalty.

Plans & Training:

Plans must be submitted to the LCGHD for any new or remodeled facility prior to construction and operation. Be sure to contact your local plumbing, fire, zoning, and building department for permits and inspections. Contact phone numbers are listed in the plan review packet. Plan Review Guide.

As of March 1, 2010, level one certification (person is charge) is required for all facilities. A person is charge is defined as someone who has knowledge in proper food handling and food safety. One person in charge shall be available per shift. The LCGHD offers level one certification, along with ServSafe (level two certification) throughout the year. Trainings

Complaints and Foodborne Illness Investigations:

The Lake County General Health District investigates all complaints regarding food safety and foodborne illness.  LCGHD staff is also in contact with local hospitals, doctor’s offices, and schools to monitor reports of foodborne illness.  Investigations are conducted in order to determine the cause of the illness and prevent future incidences. If you have concerns of illness or proper food handling, please contact the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543.

Cottage Foods:

Cottage foods are exempt from licensing and can be sold at local farmer’s markets, farm markets, and licensed locations. Please see links for more information. Cottage Food and Labeling.

Inspections of FSO/RFE are conducted using:

OAC Chapter 3717-1 Uniform Food Code

OAC Chapter 3701-21 Food Service Operations

OAC Chapter 901:3 Food Safety

Helpful Links:

Ohio Department of Agriculture – Food Safety Division

Ohio Department of Health – Food Safety Division



Food Safety

Photo: A fresh produce.Foodborne diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands in the United States each year. They also cause billions of dollars in healthcare-related and industry costs annually.

CDC has identified reducing foodborne diseases as a winnable battle. With additional effort and support for evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that we can implement now, we will have a significant impact on our nation’s health.

This food safety briefing folder provides a snapshot of the context and background for this priority area, as well as descriptions of some of the systems, policy, and programmatic interventions pursued by CDC and our public health partners at the federal, state and local levels. This information will be updated periodically as new data or relevant information becomes available.

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