Laws and regulations for food establishments

Philadelphia has several local laws and regulations designed to protect the public from the health risks of secondhand smoke, certain foods, and unsafe food business practices.

According to the US Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.

Businesses that serve alcoholic beverages in Philadelphia are required to post a sign informing patrons of the health risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Name Description Released Format
Alcohol and Pregnancy Sign Regulation PDF According to the US Surgeon General, there is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. Businesses that serve alcoholic beverages in Philadelphia are required to post a sign informing patrons of the health risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant. October 3, 2018
Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law PDF Philadelphia passed the landmark Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law in 2006, protecting Philadelphians from secondhand smoke exposure in most restaurants, bars, and workplaces. October 3, 2018
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. November 29, 2018
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Arabic) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Chinese) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (French) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Khmer) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Korean) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Spanish) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
How to Sell Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Outside Your Store (Vietnamese) PDF This brochure for Philadelphia store owners includes practical tips about license requirements, display ideas, and sources for local produce. January 9, 2019
Outdoor Public Serving of Food Safety Permit Application PDF The City of Philadelphia requires individuals and organizations that serve food to the public outdoors to take certain steps to make sure the food served is safe and that all waste is properly disposed of so as not to attract vermin. March 11, 2019
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. April 29, 2019
Understanding the Food Facility Inspection Report PDF An explanation of the reports issued to food establishments after inspections. April 29, 2019
Sodium Safety Warning Labeling for Chain Restaurants PDF A Philadelphia ordinance requires chain restaurants to post the following warning label about certain food items: "Sodium content higher than daily recommended limit (2,300 mg). High sodium intake can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke." December 4, 2018
Trans Fats Law PDF Trans fats are among the most unhealthy foods we can eat. Most Philadelphia restaurants, caterers, mobile vending units and other food businesses are prohibited by law from using artificial trans fats. October 3, 2018

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