Food Program

The Food Section of the Environmental Health Division of the Adams County Health Department is responsible for licensing, inspecting and enabling- or presenting- educational programs for the county’s retail food establishments. The Food Section also conducts food-borne illness investigations, responds to consumer complaints, collects and submits samples of suspect food products for lab analysis, reviews plans for establishments that are opening or remodeling, and monitors food product recalls passed down from the federal and state levels. Retail food establishment inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Rule and the County Ordinance, and to ensure each establishment provides safe food for consumers. The Food Inspectors also work with other agencies and professionals in enabling- and helping to present- training programs so that all Adams County licensed retail food establishments comply with the requirement to have Certified Food Handlers on staff.

Adams County has approximately 120 licensed retail food establishments, and in a normal year, the Food Inspectors will conduct over 300 inspections. Copies of the original inspection reports of all the establishments are available for review on the Health Department’s link at the County’s website:


Related Resources:

Indiana Food Protection Code Book

Food and Drug Administration

Indiana State Department of Health


Adams County Website


Allen County Health Department


Food Recalls


National Restaurant Association

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