Letters of Opinion
Listed below are the current Letters of Opinion issued jointly by the Ohio Departments of Health and Agriculture. These letters are reviewed and recommended by the Retail Food Safety Advisory Council.
|Letter Number||Description of Letter||Date Issued|
|2019-01||Time as a Public Health Control for Batters Mixed with Water||3/21/2019|
|2016-01||Clarification of the Labeling Rule||8/1/2016|
|2013-01||Licensing of Summer and After School Child Meal Programs||7/17/2013|
|Exempt Child Food Program Inspection Request|
|Exempt Child Food Program Inspection Report|
|2010-02||Time as a Public Health Control for Cut Tomatoes||9/2/2010|
|2010-01||Cold Holding at Farmers' Markets and at Temporary and Some Mobile Facilities||2/23/2010|
Variance Request Form
Licensed FSOs conducting activities that require a variance must obtain a variance from the Director of Health. A complete Variance Request Form must be submitted to ODH along with any required supporting documentation (e.g. HACCP plan, scientific justification, etc.).
The ODH Food Safety Program collaborated with other environmental health programs in hosting a conference call for local health districts to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on March 17, 2020. Click here to access notes from the call.
The next food safety conference call is TBA. Information to login to the call will be sent to all local health districts. If notification has not been received contact the food safety program at 614-644-7416 or email at email@example.com
Previous Conference Call Notes
Trainings for Food Sanitarians:
Food Inspection and Food Survey Training
A recording of the Food Inspection Form and Food Survey Training provided by the Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Program and the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Food Safety on July 17, 2018 is available in two parts:
Food Service Operation Inspection Workshop
The ODH Food Service Operation Inspection Workshop has been approved for 3.5 hours of continuing education for Ohio sanitarian registration. Contact the ODH Food Safety Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get continuing education credits for watching the recorded webinar. The recording of the Food Service Operation Inspection Workshop hosted by ODH is available by clicking here. The webinar was conducted on 10/15/2020.
Cost Methodology Workshop
The ODH cost methodology workshop has been approved for two hours of continuing education for Ohio sanitarian registration. Contact the ODH Food Safety Program at email@example.com to find out how to get continuing education credits for watching the recorded webinar. The recording of the cost methodology workshop webinar hosted by ODH is available by clicking here. The webinar was conducted on 9/16/2020.
FAQ for 2018 Revised Inspection Form
A list of questions and answers regarding the revised food inspection form the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have received since the implementation of the form is available at this link. The FAQ will be continually updated as the departments receive more questions. If you have any additional questions about the inspection form, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.