About our Division
The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects approximately 7,500 food and hygiene establishments in the District of Columbia. Food establishments include delicatessens, bakeries, grocery stores, retail marine markets, ice cream manufacturers, restaurants, wholesale markets, mobile food vendors, hotels and cottage food businesses. The FSHISD inspects the city’s swimming pools, splash pads, and cosmetology establishments, which include nail and braiding salons, and barber shops. We also work with the Tobacco Control Program to ensure smoke-free food establishments. The staff for the program includes one program manager, two supervisory sanitarians, one food technologist, two plan review sanitarians, 20 sanitarians and two administrative staff.
Food-borne infections and intoxications affect millions of Americans every year. In addition to regulation of food and hygiene establishments, the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division offers educational, informational, and consultative sessions for community and industry groups. Contact us for more information! E-mail [email protected].
News and Alerts
FDA Announces Investigation of Illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 November 2019
USDA Issues Recall Alert for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination in Salads
DC Health Introduces a new Mobile Food Vending Application (5/2018)
DC Health now accepting Applications for Cottage Food Business Registry. (8/2018)
For more information: Cottage Food Business Guidance.
DC Health Announces the 2019 Director’s Award Recipients (9/30/2019)
Mobile Vending Changes (revised 10/10/18)
Health Alerts (for reference only - not currently active)
DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for food establishment inspection reports. We perform a pass-fail inspection. The amount of Priority, Priority Foundation, and Core violations are tallied at the top of each inspection report. We perform follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view a food establishment’s inspection report, follow this link: https://dc.healthinspections.us/?a=Inspections
Updated May 2019