3717.44 Endorsement to provide services of retail food establishment - determination of license required.

(A) The person or government entity holding a license for a food service operation may provide the services of a retail food establishment within the food service operation without obtaining a retail food establishment license if the person or entity has received from the licensor of food service operations an endorsement to provide the services of a retail food establishment.

(B) When the activities of a food service operation and a retail food establishment are carried on within the same facility by the same person or government entity, the determination of whether the person or entity must be licensed as a food service operation or retail food establishment shall be made according to the primary business of the person or entity. If the primary business is that of a food service operation, the person or entity shall be licensed as a food service operation with an endorsement from the licensor issued under this section to provide the services of a retail food establishment. If the primary business is that of a retail food establishment, the person or entity shall be licensed as a retail food establishment and is subject to the endorsement provisions of section 3717.24 of the Revised Code.

The licensor of food service operations and retail food establishments for the area in which a facility is located shall make the determination of whether the primary business carried on within a facility is that of a food service operation or retail food establishment. If the licensor of food service operations for the area is not the same as the licensor of retail food establishments, the determination shall be made jointly by both licensors. Each determination shall be made according to criteria specified in the Ohio uniform food safety code.

(C) A request to have a food service operation license include an endorsement may be submitted with an application for issuance or renewal of a food service operation license or may be submitted separately. Procedures for making separate requests shall be the same as the license application procedures established under section 3717.43 of the Revised Code.

An endorsement may be suspended or revoked in the same manner as a license may be suspended or revoked under section 3717.48 of the Revised Code. The suspension or revocation of an endorsement does not affect the food service operation license that includes the endorsement. If the food service operation license is suspended or revoked, the endorsement included on the license is also suspended or revoked.

(D) If a retail food establishment is operated within a food service operation by a person or government entity other than the person or entity holding the license to operate the food service operation, the retail food establishment may not be operated under an endorsement. The establishment shall be licensed as a separate retail food establishment.

Effective Date: 02-01-2001