Food Service Sanitarians inspect licensed food service operators and retail food establishments for proper food storage, handling, preparation and serving. In 2016, Public Health sanitarians conducted more than 9400 inspections at more than 3600 facilities, including restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, daycare centers and more.
Online Food Establishment Inspection Reports
Montgomery County residents are able to view inspection reports from licensed food service operators and retail food establishments inspected by Public Health (Montgomery County, excluding the city of Oakwood). Visit the Online Inspections Reports website.
NOTE: Online inspection reports are available for a period of two (2) years. For older reports contact the Environmental Health office.
Keep in mind that any inspection report is a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. On any other day, an establishment could have fewer or more violations than noted on the day of the report. An inspection report may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions within an establishment.
It is also important to note that a violation at an operation which is part of a restaurant chain indicates a problem only at that particular location. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full service food operation can routinely be violation free.
Depending on the type of facility, inspections occur unannounced, one to four times per year, not including follow-up inspections. A sanitarian may also choose to conduct additional inspections throughout the course of the year if he/she feels the facility needs extra guidance/monitoring.
Sanitarians inspect restaurants and food establishments for compliance with Ohio’s Uniform Food Safety Code, including proper food storage, handling, preparation and serving. Food Code violations are broken down into two categories: critical and non-critical.
- Critical violations are items that, if in noncompliance, are more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness or an environmental health hazard. Examples of critical violations include food obtained from an unsafe source, inadequate cooking, improper holding, contaminated equipment, and poor personal hygiene.
- Non-critical violations cover such things as dirty floors, lack of hair restraints, and open waste receptacles.
Public Health staff have always practiced education over enforcement. In addition to required inspections, Public Health offers food safety training for licensed food service operators and retail food establishments to ensure that food service staff understand and follow proper food handling procedures.