About FDA

Does FDA inspect grocery stores, restaurants, or dollar stores?

Inspections and licensing of restaurants and grocery stores are typically handled by local and county health departments. However, FDA serves as a scientific and technical consultant to state and local regulatory agencies by publishing the FDA Food Code, which sets forth model provisions for keeping food safe in restaurant, cafeteria, and institutional food operations. Most states adopt these model provisions as legal requirements applicable to restaurants and food-service establishments within their jurisdictions.

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