Restaurant and Food Service InspectionsThe Butler County Health Department is responsible for enforcing Ohio rules regarding food preparation and sales. This includes reviewing plans, licensing and inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, certain vending machines and food stands at festivals and fairs. The Health Department also investigates reports of foodborne illness.
A person who wishes to serve or sell food for a charge or required donation to the public is required by law to first obtain a license from the local health department. These licenses are issued following a facility review to ensure the design of the facility is in compliance with Ohio's Food Safety Regulations. Each local health department in the state conducts routine inspections of each food facility in their jurisdiction. The purpose of these inspections is to determine if the facilities are operating in a safe and sanitary manner.
An inspection report may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions within a facility. It is importatnt to understand that inspections information provided here shows only the conditions of the facility at the time of the inspection. A single inspection report should not be used to evaluate the overall operation of an establishment. Looking at a facility's inspection results over a period of time gives a more accurate picture of that facility's commitment to compliance. It is also important to note that a violation at a facility which is part of a restaurant/grocery chain indicates a problem only at that particular location.
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