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Food & Beverage Manufacturing Facilities & Warehouses

Inspections of food establishments are required by the Virginia Food Laws. It is unlawful to operate a food manufacturing plant or food storage warehouse until it has been inspected. (Note these exceptions from inspection.)

Enforcement of these requirements includes regular periodic inspections of food establishments. VDACS’ Food Safety Specialists, also known as inspectors, ensure that any food or beverage manufactured, produced, processed, packed, exposed, offered, possessed or held for sale is safe for human consumption, and in compliance with the Virginia Food Laws and related regulations. Inspectors look for evidence of unsanitary conditions, mislabeling and the mishandling of food products that can lead to unsafe foods. Manufacturers are subject to unannounced inspections and sampling, as well as an annual fee. See these frequently asked questions.

Products containing meat are regulated by the Office of Meat and Poultry Services.

Laws & Regulations

Additional Resources

Contact

Northern Virginia
(North of Richmond, includes Charlottesville)
Southwest Virginia
(Includes Harrisonburg and East to Prince Edward County)
Richmond & Tidewater Virginia
(Includes Richmond and Three Rivers)
Phone: 804.786.3520
Fax: 804.371.7792
VDACS Food Safety Program
P.O. Box 1163
3rd Floor
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 540.562.3641
Fax: 540.562.3649
VDACS Food Safety Program
2943-E Peters Creek Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24019
Phone: 757.363.3840
Fax: 757.363.3838
VDACS Food Safety Program
5700 Thurston Ave.
Suite 104
Virginia Beach, VA 23455


Click here to submit a complaint concerning foodborne illness, or conditions at a food manufacturer or retail store.


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