Food Safety

Each year, millions of people across the nation are affected by diseases transmitted by unsafe food. The St. Mary’s County Health Department Food Safety Program acts to prevent and control food borne illnesses for residents of and visitors to St. Mary’s County. The Department offers several ways for the community and businesses to learn about food safety, and continually inspects food service establishments to ensure food safety standards are being followed. The Food Safety team also investigates food safety complaints filed by residents in the county.

Food Recalls

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issue recalls and alerts on potentially unsafe food items. Click here to link to the most current food recall announcements.

Food Facility Licensing

The health department issues licenses to all permanent, seasonal, and temporary food service facilities in the county. To learn how to apply for a food license, click here.

Safe Food Handling

The Food Safety Program also serves as a reference for food service facilities and their patrons. It provides safe handling fact sheets (in English and Spanish), other resources, and safe food handling classes twice a year. For more information, click here.

Food service facilities in Maryland are requested to post information about Food Allergies.

Food Facility Inspections

St. Mary’s County Health Department inspects restaurants and other food service facilities routinely to monitor the sanitary and physical conditions at each establishment. Those companies that have superior compliance to food safety standards based on the outcome of routine inspections receive Gold Star recognition. For more information, click here.

Beware of Fake Health Inspectors

With a potential scam reminiscent of past schemes to defraud local restaurants and other food service companies, scammers are calling local businesses, identifying themselves as state food or health inspectors and seeking to schedule inspections. For more information, click here.

Submit a Complaint

The Food Safety team also investigates food safety complaints filed by residents in the county. While the identity of a person filing a complaint can remain confidential, a contact name and phone number of the person submitting the complaint is needed in case more information is needed during an investigation. 

If you would like to submit a concern about food safety, please contact the health department at smchd.healthdept@maryland.gov or call 301-475-4321. 

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