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Food Protection

The Office of Food Protection works to ensure that Philadelphia has a safe and healthy food supply, and to reduce the incidence of food-borne diseases.

We conduct regular inspections of food establishments, regulate food handling practices, and provide food handlers with education about the causes and prevention of food-borne diseases.

Food Safety Inspections
Do you have questions about food safety at a Philadelphia restaurant? View and print food safety inspection reports that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued since February 2009.

Keeping Food Safe Outdoors
Philadelphia has a strong network of people and organizations working to reduce hunger. Find out how a Board of Health regulation helps to ensure that food served outdoors is always safe to eat.

Menu Labeling Law
We also enforce Philadelphia's Menu Labeling Law, which requires chain restaurants and retail food establishments with more than 15 locations nationwide to post nutrition information for the food and drinks they sell.

Contact us if you...
  • are starting a food business or buying an existing food business
  • are making renovations or operation changes to your food business
  • want to be a mobile food vendor
  • need an inspection
  • are taking part in a Special Event as a sponsor or vendor
  • need a Food Safety Certificate
  • have a complaint about a food business
  • have gotten sick from a food business

Permits and Forms


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