Food Division

The Food Division of the Madison County Health Department (MCHD) is devoted to making sure that the restaurants, grocery stores, taverns, schools, and other food operations that serve food to the public are licensed and inspected.  The Environmental Health Specialists conduct routine, unannounced, inspections in order to evaluate compliance with food safety regulations as documented in the Retail Food Establishment Requirements, 410 IAC 7-24.  All licensed food establishments are governed by this Indiana Administrative Code.  The primary purpose of these regulations is to prevent food-borne illnesses.

The Food Division also provides food safety education, conducts timely follow-up inspections to ensure that corrective action has been taken, and work with operators to prevent future problems.  Specialists also respond to consumer complaints and promptly investigate all reported cases of food-related illnesses.  The consumer complaints do require a name and telephone number to be considered a legitimate complaint, but these complaints remain anonymous.

If you are inquiring about opening up a new food service establishment, please refer to the link below regarding the food code.  Please note if you want to sell potentially hazardous foods, the establishment must have a certified food handler.  The Certified Food Handler rule is titled 410 IAC 7-22 and link to those providers of the exam is listed below.

Indiana Food Code

Certified Food Handler Rule and training program providers

A brief summary of the Indiana State Department of Health Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements Title 410 IAC 7-24

Home Based Vendor Labeling and Packaging

Cooking and Cooling

Temporary handwashing


Food Establishment Application

Temporary Food Permit Application

Non-Profit Food Permit Application


Food Establishment Inspection Reports




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