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Food establishments, including farmers' markets, that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for sale are subject to the Virginia Food and Drink Law and related regulations.

Enforcement of these requirements includes regular periodic inspections of food establishments, including farmers' markets. 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 and Drink Law 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. Vendors and market managers are encouraged to contact the VDACS Food Safety Program office with questions concerning safe food handling practices.

Food service vendors at farmers' markets are permitted by the Virginia Department of Health.

Permit Applications

Laws & Regulations

Additional Resources



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