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Food Safety Program

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The Food Service Program is responsible for the licensing and inspection of food service establishments based upon the Michigan Food Law 2000, as amended. Follow the links below to download a copy of the Food Law and Food Code.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


 Law, Code, and License Application

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MDARD Food Law 2012.aspx
Michigan Modified Food Code 2009.aspx
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 Types of establishments local health departments are responsible for:


A temporary food service establishment means a food service establishment, which operates at a fixed location for a temporary period of time not to exceed 2 weeks. If you are planning a temporary food event, then follow the links below to the application and checklist.


FFSE's are more commonly known as restaurants. If you are interested in constructing a new or remodeling an existing restaurant, you are required to follow the plan review criteria. See required plan review documents for Fixed Food Service Establishments below.

A mobile food service establishment means a food service establishment operating from a vehicle, trailer, or watercraft and must return to a licensed commissary at least once every 24 hours.
A STFU is a temporary food establishment licensed to operate throughout the state without the 14-day limits or a mobile food establishment that is not required to return to a commissary. STFU’s are required to notify each local jurisdiction if they will be operating in their county by submitting a notice of intent (attached).

A Vending Machine Location is a room, enclosure, space, or area where one or more vending machines are installed and operated. Where there are multiple vending machine locations in a building, each shall be licensed separately.




 Fees, FFSE Plan Review Documents, and Resources

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2020 Food Fee Schedule.pdf
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Submission Instructions (PDF).pdf
MDA Application (PDF).pdf
MDA Worksheet (PDF).pdf
MDA Manual (PDF).pdf
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Food Service FAQs.aspx
Safe Storage Temperatures for Freezers and Refrigerators.pdf
MDARD Allergens Mandate Website.aspx
MDARD Educational Materials.aspx
MDARD Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments.aspx
CBD Oil in Food  Service Eestablishment Guidance.pdf
2019 Memorandum
Remote Proctoring of the Certified Food Manager Course (CFM).aspx
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) - Free Educational Materials.aspx
MDARD Food Service Licensing Details and FAQs.aspx
Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection.aspx
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).aspx
Michigan Cottage Foods Information.aspx


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