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Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division

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The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects the city's 5,500 +/- food establishments.  Those food establishments include boarding homes, commission merchants, dairies, delicatessens, bakeries, candy manufacturers, grocery stores, retail markets, ice cream manufacturers, restaurants, wholesale markets, mobile vendors and hotels.In addition, the FSHISD inspects the city’s swimming pools, beauty / barber shops, massage establishments, smoke free workplaces and mattress manufacturers.The staff for the program includes 22 sanitarians, two administrative staff, two supervisors, a program manager, and a food technologist.

Food-borne infections and intoxications affect millions of Americans every year. The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division offers educational, informational, and consultative sessions for community and industry groups.

Food Vending Information Forum
The Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division will present information sessions for Food Truck Vendors in December and January.  The sessions are scheduled on the following Thursdays:  December 10 and December 17, 2015; January 14 and January 21, 2016.  Topics that will be covered include an overview of important changes to the vending requirements, as well as the application and inspection process, and certificate issuance. In conclusion, there will be a question and answer period. Sessions will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Department of Health, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor Board Room 216, Washington, DC 20002. Please bring a picture ID in order to gain access into building. See additional information or please contact Bruce Flippens by email at. or

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Updated on August 2015

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2180
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1359
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE