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.
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
2019 Schedule or our 2020 Schedule for more details or register online
Columbus Public Health will be offering proctoring for the ServSafe Managers online course test. 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 class. 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. Must
bring a copy of the online class completion certificate for us to keep on file with you to the class.
2019 Food Safety ServSafe Online Testing Schedule - 2020 Food Safety ServSafe Online Testing Schedule
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
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.