Food Safety

The Maine Department of Health & Human Services has adopted a State Food Code which was last amended in 2013. The Food Code addresses controls for risk factors and establishes key public health interventions to protect consumer health. The Code establishes definitions; sets standards for management and personnel, food operations, and equipment and facilities; and provides for food or eating establishment plan review, permit issuance, inspection, employee restriction, and permit suspension. All entities providing food to the public are required to meet these standards. Learn more about Food Safety below.

State of Maine Food Code

Reporting Unsafe Food Practices and Foodborne Illnesses

If you witness unsafe food handling practices at a food establishment, or experience illness immediately after eating or drinking at an establishment, please call the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 24-hour, 7 days a week disease reporting line at 1-800-821-5821


Checklist for Re-opening Food Establishments During COVID-19

State of Maine, Health Inspection Program


Certified Food Protection Manager Training

Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments

Employee Handwashing Poster - State of Maine

Recalls and Public Health Alerts - US Department of Agriculture

Food Safety Handbook - US Department of Agriculture

Allergies and Food Safety - US Department of Agriculture

Basics for Handling Food Safely - US Department of Agriculture

Service Animal Guidance - US Department of Justice

Maine Restaurant Association

Maine Innkeepers Association

Questions or Concerns? - please call 207-288-3329 or email the Local Health Officer