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Retail Food Safety Advisory Council

The Retail Food Service Advisory Council (RFSAC) was established in 1999 with the passage of Chapter 3717 Ohio Revised Code (ORC).  The ORC grants authority to the Directors of Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Agriculture to serve as co-chairs of the council and appoint 12 additional members:

  • Three persons representing the interests of retail food establishments (RFE);
  • Three persons representing the interests of food service operations (FSO);
  •  Four persons representing boards of health or the health departments operated by the boards of health;
  • One person representing the academic community who is knowledgeable in food science or food technology;
  • One person representing the general public who is not employed by this state or any of its political subdivisions and has no pecuniary interest in a retail food establishment or food service operation.

Nominees for appointment to RFSAC are solicited from organizations representing local boards of health, the food service operation and retail food establishment industries, academia and consumers.  The duties assigned to RFSAC include:

  • Making recommendations for the  uniform food safety code;
  • Examining specific food safety issues raised by the director of agriculture or director of health and making recommendations regarding those issues;
  • Mediating unresolved issues among state agencies about the interpretation of rules adopted under this chapter and making recommendations regarding the issues;
  • Making recommendations to the director of agriculture and director of health with respect to improving the food safety awareness of consumers and their confidence in the state’s food supply;
  • Making recommendations to the director of agriculture and director of health regarding the licensing categories and inspection frequencies to be used in regulating retail food establishments and food service operations;
  • Making recommendations to the director of health with respect to the program for certification of individuals in food protection and approval of courses in food protection.

Current List of RFSAC Members:


Local Boards of Health Representatives:


  • Christina Ritchey Wilson, R.S., Section Chief, Food Protection, Columbus Public Health
    • Term expires 12-31-2020 
  • R Joseph Ebel, MS, R.S., MBA, Health Commissioner, Licking County Health Department
    • Term expires 12-31-2018 
  • Peter Schade, M.P.H., R.S., Health Commissioner, Erie County Health Department
    • Term expires 12-31-2019 
  • Paul DePasquale, M.P.A., R.S., Environmental Health Director, Stark County Health Department
    • Term expires 12-31-2020 


General Public/Consumer Representative:


  • Michael Agosta
    • Term expires 12-31-2018


Academia Representative: 


  • Abigail Snyder, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Food Science
    • Term expires 12-31-2020 


Industry/Retail Food Establishments Representatives:


  • Kristin Mullins, President/CEO, Ohio Grocers Association
    • Term expires 12-31-2019 
  • Terry Levee, Director, Food Safety Compliance, Giant Eagle
    • Term expires 12-31-2019 
  • Lora Miller, Director, Government Relations, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
    • Term expires 12-31-2018 


Industry/Food Service Operations Representatives: 


  • Darryl Jacobs, Director, Regulatory Operations, Wendy’s International
    • Term expires 12-31-2019 
  • Joe Rosato, Director, Government Affairs, Ohio Restaurant Association
    • Term expires 12-31-2020 
  • Amy Kotterman, Director, Hospitality Services, United Church Homes, Inc.
    • Term expires 12-31-2018


Next RFSAC Meeting:  TBD

Page updated 6/11/2018