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The Health Department phone system is being updated. Please use 703.746.4996 to contact us by phone.

El sistema telefónico del Departamento de Salud está siendo actualizado. Por favor use el 703.746.4996 para contactarnos por teléfono.

 Food and Food Handling Code 

Food Safety  /  EH Main Page 

About the Food Code

The City of Alexandria's Food and Food Handling Code can be found in Title 11, Chapter 2 of The Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981 at the City Council's webpage: City Charter and Code

In general, Chapter 2 adopts the most current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code with a few deviations, and it establishes several regulations specific to the City of Alexandria.  These specific regulations include additional requirements for mobile food vendors (MFV), other food establishments that serve potentially hazardous food (PHF), food manager requirements, and procedures to obtain a permit or variance, hearings, closures, plan reviews, etc.

The Environmental Health Division (EH) enforces the Food and Food Handling Code.

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 The FDA Model Code

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the Food Code, a model that assists food control jurisdictions by providing them with a scientifically sound, technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants, grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes). Local, state, tribal and federal regulators use the FDA Food Code as a model to develop or update their own food safety rules and to be consistent with a national food regulatory policy.

To view the FDA model food code, visit:

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Training Contacts and Resources

4480 King Street, 3rd Floor - 703.746.4910 

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