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FOOD SAFETY

Food Safety is an important area for every single person in Pennsylvania. Every year, one in six Americans suffers from a food-related illness. Preventing food-borne illnesses will improve public health and avoid the costly disruptions of the food supply system caused by illness outbreaks.


The mission of the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services is to protect and keep food safe, from the farm to the fork, for Pennsylvanians and our visitors by regulating retail food facilities, food manufacturers including home processors, warehouses and distribution centers found across the state to ensure compliance with food safety laws and regulations. The Bureau has several divisions where each provides important oversight to the production and service of safe food.

 

Explore the links below to learn more about our programs. 

​DAIRY AND DAIRY PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

  • Milk Sanitation Program
  • Milk Facility Permitting
  • Appendix N Variance Application
  • Milk and Milk Product Label Standards
  • Pennsylvania Raw Milk Standards and Permitting 

EGGS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 

  • Fresh Shell Egg Program
    • Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program
    • Retail Egg Inspection
  • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Shipping Point and Market Inspection
    • Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Produce Farm Audits

RETAIL FOOD INSPECTION REPORTS

  • Search for retail food facilities inspection reports across the state 

LABORATORY 

  • Food and Milk testing and evaluation  
  • Investigatory testing 
  • Certification of Dairy Laboratories (including Commercial testing laboratories)

FOOD MANUFACTURING, PACKING, HOLDING AND DISTRIBUTION

  • Food Establishment Registration
    • Manufacturers, packers, warehouses, and distributors of foods. 
  • Limited Food Establishment Registration 
    • Home food processors
  • Shellfish Registration and Certification
  • Certificates of Free Sale

RETAIL FOOD

  • Retail Food Facility License 
    • Restaurants, bars/clubs, caterers, grocery stores, convenience stores, retail butchers, mobile food trucks, ‘Stick Stands’ BBQs, internet food sales
  • Temporary License 
    • Fair and event food facilities
    • Food facilities operating only 4 – 14 days per year
  • Farmers Market 
    • Indoor and outdoor farmers’ markets or stands
  • Frozen Dessert License 
    • Facilities that ‘freeze’ soft serve ice cream & milkshakes, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, gelato, and other frozen dessert type products and manufacturers of frozen dessert mixes 
  • Food Employee Certification requirements for retail food facility & approved courses 
  • Guidance documents for specialized processes and HACCP plans for retail food facilities

FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT (FSMA) 

  • Preventive Controls for Human Food 
  • Produce Safety 
  • Sanitary Transportation of Food
  • Intentional Adulteration

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Food Safety Tips
  • Food Recall Notices and Alerts
  • Food Safety Complaints