Location: 200 E. Berry St., Suite 360, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 • Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Steve Schumm, REHS, Asst. Director; Audrey Graft; Env. Health Specialist; Matthew Rosbrugh, Env. Health Specialist; Michelle Radosevich, Env. Health Specialist; Steve Niemoeller, Env. Health Specialist; Betsy Graham, Support Staff; • Janee Brown, Support Staff
Frequently Asked Questions
When dining out, I found something in my food. Can I have it tested?
Foreign or unidentified objects found in food from a public restaurant can sometimes be tested at the Indiana State Department of Health. Please contact the Food and Consumer Protection Division at (260) 449-7562 about submitting a sample for testing.
What do I need to do to cater out of my home?
Generally, state and local food safety regulations prohibit catering from a private residence, therefore caterers must operate their business in a permitted and inspected facility. The Indiana Food Code only allows in-home food preparation under certain conditions. Call the Food Division at (260) 449-7562 for assistance with this question.
I want to open a new food establishment. What do I need to do?
You will need to speak with a member of the Food and Consumer Protection Division. He/she can explain the process for submitting plans and setting up inspections. Please review "Guidelines for New Establishments".
I am going to buy an existing food establishment. What do I need to do?
You will need to speak with a member of the Food and Consumer Protection Division. He/she can explain the process for submitting plans and setting up the inspections. It is extremely important for you to talk to a division member prior to the actual change in ownership - as you can be provided with an all-inclusive list of how to bring the establishment into compliance. Please review the "Guidelines for Establishments Changing Ownership".
We are a non-profit organization. Do we need a license to sell food at our bake sale?
It depends on how many days per year your organization engages in food sales. If you operate under15 days per calendar year - then most likely you do not need a permit. You do need to speak with the Food and Consumer Protection Director and submit a copy of your tax exemption certificate and provide the date and location of your food event.
Where can I get a copy of the Indiana Food Code (410 IAC 7-24) and Allen County Food and Beverage Ordinance (Title 10, Article 2)?
Click here for electronic copies on our Web site.
We are going to take part in a festival/fair. What do we need to do?
You will need to apply for a Temporary Food Establishment Permit. The cost is $45 for each two consecutive days at the same location. Click here for the application and guidelines.
We have a licensed food establishment. Can we have a cookout/hog roast, etc. outside the restaurant?
Your annual food service permit covers activities conducted inside your licensed food establishment. Any food preparation and/or sales outside your facility would more than likely require an additional permit from the Department of Health. Please call (260) 449-7562 for further information.
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Studies have shown that using a food thermometer is the only way to tell if harmful bacteria have been destroyed, yet only about 15 percent of people consistently use a food thermometer.