Food Safety Program

The Lake County General Health District is responsible for the inspection of over 1,400 food service operations (FSO) and retail food establishments (RFE). The Food Safety Program focuses on protecting the community against foodborne illnesses resulting from health code violations and improper handling of food. Some examples of FSO are restaurants, school kitchens, daycares, bars, hospitals, and nursing homes. RFE include convenience stores, pizza shops, bakeries, grocery stores, and gas stations. Mobile food operations and vending machines are also part of the Food Safety Program.

Activities within the Food Safety Program:

  • 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
  • Make in-service presentations
  • Investigate reports of food related violations
  • Inspect Micro-Markets

Lake County Food Inspection Reports

Restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, daycare centers, nursing homes and hospitals all require appropriate licensing and inspection. If you know the name of the food facility you are interested in, or the street it is located on, you can search the food inspection reports here.

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 improper food handling, please contact the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543 or

Food Recalls and Alerts

Food recalls occur when there is reason to believe that a food may cause consumers to become ill. Current food recalls and alerts can be found at

Electronic Plan Submission

Food service plans can now be submitted electronically to LCGHD. Please see the list of reminders and proceed to the link below to submit your plans.

  • The plan review process will NOT start until our office has received ALL of the required necessary items
  • Please allow for up to 30 days to complete the plan review
  • Plans must be in PDF format
  • Application/Plan Review Guide must be signed
  • Required plan review fee must be paid
  • Payment options include: Cash, Check, or Credit Card*. VISA, MasterCard, American Express & Discover accepted. Please call 440-350-2543 to pay over the phone using a credit card. *Please note there will be an additional 2.5% convenience fee added when using a credit card.

Submit your Food Service Plan here.

Food Establishment Owner/Operators
Food Education and Training
Food Safety at Home


All food businesses in Lake County are required by Ohio law to have a food service operation or retail food establishment license issued by Lake County General Health District (LCGHD). All new food service operations/retail food establishments and those performing extensive alterations or remodeling must complete the plan review process. 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.

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 1st deadline will be assessed a late fee penalty. Inspections of FSO/RFE are conducted using:

Temporary Food Service Operation Guidelines

Cottage Foods

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

Employee Health


Mobile Food Service Operations

Search Food Service Inspectors by Area

NamePhone Number Area Served
Christy Armstrong(440) 350-2307Mentor, west
(Rt. 20 west of 615 to Willoughby line)
Mackenzi Diperna(440) 350-2837Concord
Madison Village
Madison Twp.
North Perry Village
Perry Twp.
Perry Village
Chris Loxterman
Environmental Health Supervisor
(440) 350-2551Lake County
Anne Lustig(440) 350-2436Painesville City
Painesville Twp.
Grand River
Elizabeth Rinnder(440) 350-2840Mentor, east
(Rt. 20 east Mentor line to east side of 615)
Davene Sarrocco-Smith(440) 350-2838Eastlake
Cady Stromp
Food Lead Sanitarian
(440) 350-2835Kirtland
Kirtland Hills
Willoughby Hills
Vending Coordinator
Paul Stromp(440) 350-2846Willoughby


Become a Food Safety Ninja!

The Food Safety Ninja website provides food safety education through video animations, educational information and quizzes, and additional educational resources. The food safety education is directed at the licensed food establishments within Lake County to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness. Food Safety Ninja

A Person in Charge

As of March 1, 2010, Level One Certification in Food Protection (Person In Charge) is required for all facilities. A person in 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.

Get Certified with ServSafe

ServSafe – Getting Started Guide

Upcoming Trainings

Person in Charge (Level One)

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm To register, please complete the Level One Registration Application.

ServSafe (Level Two)

Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 2019 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – CLASS FULL
Monday & Tuesday, May 13 & 14, 2019 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday, August 20 & 22, 2019 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday & Tuesday, September 9 & 10, 2019 from 8:00 am – 5:00  pm
Monday & Tuesday, November 4 & 5, 2019 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

To register, please complete the Level Two Registration Application March thru May
Level Two Registration Application August thru November

For more information on either Level One or Level Two trainings, please call (440) 350-2543.

Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning

Many people feel that food safety is only an issue in commercial food services, but the truth is that the same hazards can exist in your own kitchen. Food-related illnesses do not discriminate, and the more knowledge a person has about food safety, the less chance there is that an illness will originate in the home. Young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with weak immune systems are at higher risk for food poisoning and should be especially careful. Knowing the rules of food safety will help prevent bacteria and viruses sometimes found in food from making you sick.

Common Foodborne Illnesses and Symptoms

The most common foodborne illnesses are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, and Campylobacter. Symptoms of food poisoning can be as commonplace as diarrhea or as life-threatening as organ failure. These illnesses can even cause long-term health problems or death. When young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with weak immune systems eat contaminated food, they have a greater chance of becoming severely sick with problems like miscarriage or kidney failure. See your doctor or healthcare provider if you have diarrhea along with a high fever (temperature over 101.5°F, measured orally), blood in the stools, prolonged vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down, signs of dehydration, including a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up, or if you have had diarrhea for more than 3 days.