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Retail Food Program​

Retail food safety is a primary concern for all Californians. Everyone buys groceries, eats at restaurants, and enjoys the diversity of cuisine and innovation that is an integral part of California culture.

The portion of the California Health and Safety Code known as the California Retail Food Code contains the structural, equipment, and operational requirements for all California retail food facilities. Provisions of the California Retail Food Code are primarily enforced by 62 local environmental health regulatory agencies. The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch, plays a supporting role in the enforcement of the California Retail Food Code by providing technical expertise to evaluate processes and procedures and to answer technical and legal inquires for local agencies, industry and consumers.

Additional food safety information may be obtained on FDB's Food Safety Program page.

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