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Food Safety

The Department's Food Safety and Security Office is responsible for the enforcement of the Virginia Food laws, the Virginia Egg Law, the Virginia Apple Marking Law, the Vinegar Law and related regulations within retail food establishments (except restaurants), food processing and manufacturing establishments, and food warehouse establishments.

The state is divided into territories with a Food Safety Specialist assigned to each. The Food Safety Specialist is responsible for conducting all food safety activities within that territory.

Food safety activities are conducted through a variety of methods including, but not limited to, unannounced sanitary inspections of facilities, sampling of food products, investigation of consumer complaints, consultations with consumers and the food industry, and cooperative working relationships with other food safety agencies such as state and local health departments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Virginia Food Laws

Food Safety Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Alerts (FDA)

2010 Retail Food Establishment Regulations

Food Safety Annual Fees Frequently Asked Questions

VDACS' Food Security Protect and Prevent

Kitchen Bill Frequently Asked Questions

Food Safety for Consumers

A significant part of food safety rests with you, the consumer, and the way you handle and store food once it is purchased.

Visit the consumers' food safety site for food handling information and tips; even a quiz for kids.

Additional Information

Food Safety is responsible for the enforcement of the following regulations:

The following hard copy educational and resource materials are available, at no charge:

Copies of the Virginia food laws and regulations are available for distribution.

Important Food Security Links:

USDA Keep America's Food and Agriculture Safe
FSIS Security Guidelines for Food Processors
Ready Business Link
Guidance for Industry: Food Producers, Processors, and Transporters: Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance

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