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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Foodsafety.gov.
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.
- Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-21 Food Service Operations
- Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3717-1 Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
- OAC Chapter 901:3 Food Safety
Temporary Food Service Operation Guidelines
- Temporary Food Service Operation and Retail Food Establishment Requirements
- Temporary Food Application
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.
Mobile Food Service Operations
Search Food Service Inspectors by Area
|Name||Phone Number||Area Served|
|Christy Armstrong||(440) 350-2307||Mentor, west
(Rt. 20 west of 615 to Willoughby line)
|Mackenzi Diperna||(440) 350-2837||Concord
North Perry Village
Environmental Health Supervisor
|(440) 350-2551||Lake County|
|Anne Lustig||(440) 350-2436||Painesville City
|Elizabeth Rinnder||(440) 350-2840||Mentor, east
(Rt. 20 east Mentor line to east side of 615)
|Davene Sarrocco-Smith||(440) 350-2838||Eastlake
Food Lead Sanitarian
|Paul Stromp||(440) 350-2846||Willoughby|
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
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.