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Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division

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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]

About our Inspection Reports
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:

News and Alerts

Alert Concerning Frozen Blackberries and Hepatitis A. Select here for full information. 
“World Food Safety Day is June 7, 2019! Select here to learn more!
Multistate Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Illnesses Linked to Oysters Imported from Mexico (5/14/19)
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.
Mobile Vending Changes (revised 10/10/18)
Health Alerts (for reference only - not currently active)
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Updated May 2019

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2180
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1359
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE