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Article 8 Food & Food Products

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Related Programs

Trans Fat Ban Program

Culinary Garden Program

Agriculture Program

 

Program Contact

Office: (415) 252-3800
Fax: (415) 252-3842

Menu Labeling Law: Compliance Date May 7, 2018

In 2018, the Menu Labeling Final Rule will go into effect. This law will apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items and offering for sale restaurant-type foods.

Retail Food Safety Program

The Retail Food Safety Program monitors compliance of local and state food safety regulations in restaurants, markets, and all other retail food operations including temporary food events (e.g. street fairs, concerts, etc.) and farmers' markets.

 

Principal Activities and Services

Permits to Operate

SFDPH Environmental Health issues permits for the following types of retail food operations:

Plan Check

For any new construction or remodeling of a food facility, the Department of Public Health must perform a Plan Check to review construction plans to ensure that the physical requirements set by the California Health and Safety Code are met.

 
Inspection, Enforcement and Education

In addition to issuing permits and reviewing construction plans for restaurants, markets, and other retail food operations, SFDPH Environmental Health also conducts the following:

 

 

Related Agencies

San Francisco Planning Department- New food establishments may require approval of the land use from the Planning Department.

Building Department - A building permit is required if new construction or remodeling occurs in a food facility.

Fire Department - A fire safety inspection of a new business is required to ensure that reasonable fire safety standards exist.

Public Works - Permit is required for use of public walkways, alleys and streets for chairs and seating.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) - permit may be required for coffee roasters, charbroilers, and smokehouses.

 

How to Make a Foodborne Illness Complaint

Call Environmental Health at (415) 252-3800 for: (1) foodborne illness complaints when three people or less are ill and/or (2) general complaints about food establishments. To learn more about foodborne illness investigations, click here.

Call Disease Control as soon as possible at (415) 554-2830 for foodborne illness complaints involving more than four (4) people.

If you would like to make a complaint regarding other Environmental Health issues, you may call 311.

 

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San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch