*COVID-19 UPDATE*: Previously scheduled classes through June 2020 have been canceled. Please call if you have questions or reschedule from the available dates on the Food Education Registration link in the tabs below. Should additional classes need to be canceled due to the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, registrants will be notified.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department currently has 13 food safety sanitarians charged with inspecting 2,438 food facilities within the county including restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, convenience stores, etc. In addition, sanitarians also inspect food trucks, vending machines and food stands at festivals.
In 2018, sanitarians responded to 495 complaints from the public and educated 574 food facility operators in basic and advanced food safety.
Foodborne illness is a serious public health threat. According to the Center for Disease Control, each year in the United States 76 million people suffer from vomiting and diarrhea caused by mishandled, tainted, or spoiled food. It is the goal of the Food Safety Program in the Environmental Health Division to reduce the risk of foodborne illness through inspection, education, and enforcement.