UPDATES FOR FOOD SERVICE FACILITIES ABOUT THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 5/22/2020:
Food Control Office – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources (Updated 5/22/2020)
Face Covering Order for all business employees and clients takes effect April 18, 2020.
Executive Order 20-04-05-02 requires all businesses that are operating to do so safely, in compliance with CDC and MDH recommendations. This includes Foodservice Establishments with ‘Back of the House’ staff not in direct contact with the public to also wear face coverings in an effort to reduce spread of infection amongst other staff.
- Due to the Executive Order 20-03-30-01 issued by the Governor of the State of Maryland, the processing of Temporary Food Permits is suspended for events that take place through June 1, 2020 (or until the State of Emergency and the Proclamation of the Catastrophic Health Emergency has been rescinded). Other events further out, will be processed on a limited basis, however applicants must allow for an extended processing time.
General Guidance for Consumers and Businesses:
· Coronavirus Fact Sheet (CDC)
· COVID-19 Food Safety FAQs (MDH)
· Guidance for Essential Errands (CDC)
Guidance for Retail Food Service Industry:
Preparing to Re-Open After Closure or Partial Closure:
· COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (NRA)
Employee COVID-19 Exposure or Confirmed Positive Test:
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance:
Best Practices and Guidance:
Best Practices and Guidance for Flushing of Water After a Shutdown
Other Agency Sites and Resources:
The Food Control Office enforces the Maryland Code of Regulations that applies to Food service Facilities, COMAR 10.15.03. It is responsible for the regulation, licensure and inspection of facilities that prepare and/or provide food to the public in Frederick County. These facilities can be permanent or temporary, including:
Licensed Environmental Health Specialists from this office investigate complaints involving food service facilities and Maryland Clean Indoor Act violations as well. They also conduct sanitary surveys within schools and assist with the inspections of assisted living facilities.
Our office staff is responsible for reviewing plans for the construction or alterations of food service facilities.
Forms, Helpful Links & Information
Maryland Annotated Code, Health General 21-326 requires all Food Service Facilities that prepare food and provide seating for patrons post a diagram on the use of manual maneuvers to prevent asphyxiation due to choking.
Effective March 1, 2014, Maryland Annotated Code, Health General 21-330.2(A) requires all food service facilities to prominently display a Food Allergy Awareness poster in the staff area of the facility. Additional information regarding food allergies and awareness can be found at Food Allergy Awareness - Spanish