; Adam Bello, County Executive

Food Protection

Contact Information

Phone: (585) 753-5064
Fax:  (585) 753-5013


Effective immediately, the state-mandated COVID restrictions — including capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing — have been lifted for food service establishments. Federal orders related to COVID are still in place. 

Image of Charcuterie Food Protection

What we do:

  • Issue permits to Food Service Establishments in Monroe County.
  • Enforce Subpart 14-1 of the New York State Sanitary Code.
  • Conduct routine inspections of regulated food service establishments, including restaurants, schools, bakeries, delicatessens, mobile vendors, and temporary food vendors.
  • Respond to complaints of public health significance.
  • Offer technical consultation and food worker certification training.
  • Evaluate high risk establishments using HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point) Principles.
  • Investigate reports of food borne illness.
  • Respond to emergencies that could result in food contamination such as occurs with fires, floods, power outages, and chemical and biological contamination.
  • Participate in food recalls and embargoes.
  • Participate in food and human specimen sampling and testing for food borne illness causing organisms or agents.
  • Review plans for new and expanded facilities to ensure code compliance.
  • Respond to information requests from the general public and food service operators.

Food Safety Applications

Online Information

Picture of waitress cleaning table.Food Worker Training/Certification

In June 2004, the Monroe County Department of Public Health expanded the mandated training requirements for Food Service workers within permitted facilities. We recognize two levels of trained workers: Level-1 Food Manager and Level-2 Food Handler.

The type of training that is required for each facility is based on the risk assigned to the permitted establishment (High, Medium, or Low). Risk classification is located on the permit under the permit number. All Food service operations must meet the mandated requirements. 

The Monroe County Department of Public Health offers periodic classroom sessions for local Level 2 Food Handler and Level 1 Manager but classes are suspended at this time.   Additional information, and a full list of other training providers, can be found below in a 1-page Guide to Food Worker Training Certification.

Food Worker Certification Documents

Call 585 753-5064 if you have questions about training requirements or schedules.

Foodborne Illnesses 

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