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:
  • Collects and submits samples of suspect food products for lab analysis
  • Conducts food-borne illness investigations
  • Monitors food product recalls passed down from the federal and state levels
  • Responds to consumer complaints
  • Reviews plans for establishments that are opening or remodeling
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 online.