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FSO Variance Request Form

Ohio Administrative Code 3717-1-03.4 states that certain activities within a licensed food service operation require a variance from the Director of Health.  Activities that require a variance include:

  • Smoking food as a method of food preservation (does not include smoking for flavor enhancement only)
  • Curing food
  • Using food additives or acidification as a method of preservation or to make a food shelf-stable
  • Packaging foods in reduced oxygen packaging in a manner that does not comply with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
  • Operating a molluscan shellfish life-support system display tank to store shellfish offered for human consumption
  • Custom processing of animals for personal use (not for retail sale)
  • Pressing or bottling juice in a manner that does not comply with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
  • Using a heat-treatment dispensing freezer in a manner that does not comply with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
  • Preparing food by another method determined to require a variance
  • Sprouting seeds or beans
  • Other activities or processes that do not comply with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code

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