Food Protection

Food Protection Program

Program Information

Groceries 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  2014 Schedule    for more details

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.  Click here for an updated log of enforcement activities .     

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. 

Resources & Links

Location, Hours, Contact


Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215


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


(614) 645-8191

Food-related complaints
645-3111 or 311 online