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.
FDB Retail Food Program is in the process of migrating to a new email address. Please submit all retail food questions and issues to FDBRetail@cdph.ca.gov.