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Retail Food Establishment Regulations [2 VAC 5 ‑ 585]
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Chapter Information
Description A regulation that adopts appropriate portions of the FDA Food Code and establishes definitions, set standards for management and personnel, food operations and equipment and facilities, and provides for inspection and emmployee restriction within retail food establishments.
State Authority Section 3.2-5121 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The maintenance of a scientifically sound basis for regulation of the retail food industry that is consistent with regulations enforced by other states.

2. The facilitation of the shared responsibility of the food industry and the government of ensuring that food provided to the consumer is safe and does not become a vehicle in a disease outbreak or in the transmission of communicable disease.

3. The ensuring of a regulatory approach that is uniform throughout the retail segment of Virginia's food industry by administering standards that are equivalent to those administered by the Virginia Department of Health in restaurants and food service establishments.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ryan Davis  / Program Manager, Office of Dairy and Foods
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-8910    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to reflect the 2013 FDA Food Code Final Stage complete. Becomes effective on 7/12/2016.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendment of Existing Food Regulations Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/1/2010.
Promulgate new regulation (Chapter 585), Repeal Chapter 580 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/16/2007.