Food Control Office


COVID-19 Information for Food Service Facilities

FDA Food Safety and COVID-19

Temporary Food Permits - Due to the social size limitation of 50 people, under the governors order, our office is suspending processing Temporary Food Permits for events that take place within the next 8 weeks. Other events further out will be processed, but the processing time is extended.


Code of Maryland (COMAR 10.15.03)

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:

  • restaurants
  • caterers
  • schools
  • nursing homes
  • carnival stands
  • farmers markets
  • concession stands
  • food trucks (Current Licensed Mobile Unit List)
  • grocery stores
  • country butcherings 
  • fair vendors

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

Food Safety

Food Choking 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.  

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Food Allergy Awareness

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

Food Allergies

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