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Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division

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The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects the city's 6,500+/- food establishments. Those food establishments include delicatessens, bakeries, grocery stores, retail marine markets, ice cream manufacturers, restaurants, wholesale markets, mobile vendors, hotels and cottage food establishments.  In addition, the FSHISD inspects the city’s swimming pools, cosmetology salons which includes nail and braiding salons, barber shops, massage establishments, smoke-free workplaces, and mattress manufacturers.  The staff for the program includes 20 sanitarians, two administrative staff, two supervisors, one sanitarian/plan reviewer, a food technologist, and a program manager.

Food-borne infections and intoxications affect millions of Americans every year. The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division offers educational, informational, and consultative sessions for community and industry groups.
 
DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for 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. DC Health also performs follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view an establishment’s inspection report, follow this link: https://dc.healthinspections.us/?a=Inspections
 
News and Alerts
            For more information, click here.
Mobile Vending Changes (revised 10/10/18)
Health Alerts (for reference only - not currently active)
 
 
Cottage Food Business

Mobile Food Vending
Mobile Food Vending Application, Instructions and Regulations

Food Establishments
Food Establishments
Food Establishment Inspection Reports*
*DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for 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. DC Health also performs follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view an establishment’s inspection report, click on the link above. 
Marijuana Restrictions in Food Establishments [PDF] (08/02/16)

Non-Food Establishments (Pools, Barber, Beauty, Nails)
Swimming Pool and Spa Facilities
Cosmetology and Barber Facilities

Closures and Restorations
Closures and Restorations (after clicking on this link, then in the left column under Type please select "Advisory", then click Apply button)


If you have a specific question, feel free to contact the Division by email at [email protected].

 

Updated on November 2018

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2180
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1359
Contact TTY: 
711
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
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002