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.
Inspection Results & Color Coded Signs
At all of our licensed facilities, restaurants and grocery stores, we now post a small color-coded sign that is based on the results of the most recent inspection. We also now have a map available to view signs and inspection results.
The types of inspections conducted at a business vary depending on the types of food served.
Learn more about inspection results and color-coded signs for these licensed businesses.
Trainings and Workshops
Food protection trainings are offered at Columbus Public Health and geared toward food industry professionals. See our schedules below for more details, or register online here.
Columbus Public Health will be offering proctoring for the ServSafe Managers online course test by appointment only. We require at least 2 week's notice to schedule a session. There will be a 2 hour mandatory review session with an instructor prior to the test being given that day. The option for taking the online ServSafe Managers class is only recommended for people who are re-certifying or work in full service kitchens and are already familiar with taking an online class. Please arrive early for the review session and proctored test. The doors will close promptly at the start time of the class and no one will be allowed to enter the class after the start time. Attendees must bring a copy of the online class completion certificate to the session for us to keep on file.
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.
Enforcement 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.
To report a complaint about a food service in Columbus or Worthington, call 311 (614) 645-3111 or go to 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.