Food Protection

Food Protection

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Fri


Food Protection Program
(614) 645-8191

(614) 645-7005

Food-related Complaints
645-3111 or 311 online

Food Protection Program

Program Information

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.

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. 

Workshop and Trainings Icon Trainings and Workshops
Food protection trainings are offered at Columbus Public Health and geared toward food industry professionals.  See our 2016 Schedule or 2017 Schedule for more details or register online here.  

ALERT: Please contact our Environmental Health Licensing Office for information regarding the availability of Spanish language classes.  October 2016 Spanish Food Protection Workships are unfortunately cancelled. 614-645-7005 

AVISO: Favor de contactar a nuestra oficina principal de Salud Pública para informes acerca de las clases en Español.  Desafortunadamente las clases para el mes de Octubre en Español han sido canceladas. 614-645-7005


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.

Owning a Food Business Link icon 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

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.