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GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS & INFORMATIONAL HANDOUTS

Food operations, including farmers' markets, retail stores, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and home-based operations, that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for sale are subject to the Virginia Food Laws and related regulations.

Enforcement of these requirements includes regular periodic inspections of food establishments, including private homes. 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. Operations are subject to unannounced inspections and sampling, as well as an annual fee. See these frequently asked questions.

If you are interested in starting a catering company, please contact the Virginia Department of Health. Products containing meat are regulated by the Office of Meat and Poultry Services.

Listed below are guidance documents and informational handouts pertaining to food safety.

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 for Food Safety Program contact information.


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