Food and Recreational Safety

About Food and Recreational Safety

The Food and Recreational Safety Division regulates the entire food chain, from the agricultural producer to
the consumer. That permits a comprehensive approach to food safety issues affecting producers, processors,
distributors, retailers, and consumers.

DATCP's Food and Recreational Safety Division enforces food, lodging, and recreation laws by working to ensure:
  • A safe, wholesome and secure food supply
  • The safe operation of:
    • Lodging establishments
    • Pools and water attractions
    • Campgrounds
    • Recreational and educational camps

The division:

  • Licenses and inspects nearly 24,000 food, lodging, and recreation establishments; and over 3,000 food processing and storage facilities​
  • Issues and oversees more than 6,000 personal licenses (for example, bulk milk weigher and sampler, lab analysts)
  • Supervises 55 city, county, or multi-unit jurisdictions local health department inspection of:
    • Retail food establishments, including restaurants
    • Lodging
    • Recreational businesses