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Food inspections and regulations

The Department of Health conducts routine inspections of food facilities in the City of Philadelphia. Most inspections occur once a year. During routine inspections, inspectors stress the prevention of foodborne illness and educate food facility operators on proper food handling techniques.

Food businesses in Philadelphia must have an employee certified in food safety present whenever they are operating, whether or not the business is open to the public.  Find out how to take a food safety course.

Name Description Released Format
Regulations Governing Food Establishments PDF Philadelphia's food regulations safeguard public health and ensure that consumers are provided food that is safe and honestly presented. October 3, 2018
Food facility inspections in the City of Philadelphia PDF Information about food facility inspections. March 17, 2020
Understanding the food facility inspection report PDF An explanation of the reports issued to food establishments after inspections. March 17, 2020