Director: Steve Niemoeller Phone: (260) 449-7109 FAX: (260) 449-3010 Email:
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, Assistant Director; Audrey Graft; Env. Health Specialist; Matthew Rosbrugh, Env. Health Specialist; Michelle Radosevich, 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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  • Inspectors package some food products to be tested.
  • New establishments or ones undergoing remodeling or renovation are subject to a facility plan review.
  • Inspectors check coolers and storage areas to make sure food is stored properly and at the right temperatures.
  • Inspectors make sure that dish machines are working properly and operating at the right temperature.
  • Inspectors make sure that ice machines are being operated properly.
  • Food inspectors document their findings in a food inspection report.
  • The Department of Health also does inspections of tattoo and body piering facilities.
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According to the CDC, since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. Most of these outbreaks were caused by Salmonella and E. coli.