Food Control Office


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.

TEMPORARY FOOD PERMITS - 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June 1, 2020 (or until the State of Emergency and the Proclamation of the Catastrophic Health Emergency has been rescinded).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)

·       Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC)

·       Information for Consumers — Shopping for Food (FDA)

·       COVID-19 Food Safety FAQs (MDH)

·       Guidance for Essential Errands (CDC)

·       Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting / Flowchart(CDC)

·       EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

·       Maryland Farmers Markets Operations During COVID-19 State of Emergency FAQs (MDA)


Guidance for Retail Food Service Industry:

Preparing to Re-Open After Closure or Partial Closure:

       ·       Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic (FDA)

        ·       Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Food Safety Checklist(FDA)

        ·       COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (NRA)

        ·       Planning for Reopening Food Service Establishments As COVID-19 Impacts Best Practices and Protocol (AFDO)

       ·     Restaurant and Bar Re-Opening Decision Tree (CDC)

Employee COVID-19 Exposure or Confirmed Positive Test:

        ·       What to Do If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations (FDA)

         ·       Updated Interim Guidance For Employers and Businesses on Management of Critical Infrastructure Workers with Possible Exposure to COVID-19 (MDH)

         ·       Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19(CDC)

         ·       Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Visitor/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19 (IFBA)

         ·       Screening Food Industry Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure (IFBA)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance:

         ·       Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting / Flowchart(CDC)

          ·       COVID-19 Touch Point Disinfection Recommendations for Retail Foodservice Customer Areas(FCHD)

Best Practices and Guidance:

         ·       Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic / Summary Infographic (FDA)

          ·       COVID-19 Foodservice Recommendations – Customer Pick-up and Delivery (FCHD)   

          ·       Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (FDA)

          ·       Information for Retail Foodservice Facilities (FCHD)

          ·       Food Establishments: Making Safe Food Donations During COVID-19 Pandemic (MDH)

          ·       COVID-19 Grocery Store Posters:  Staff Safety / Shopper Safety

Best Practices and Guidance for Flushing of Water After a Shutdown

Other Agency Sites and Resources:

               Maryland Department of Health – Food Safety and COVID-19

               Food & Drug Administration – Food Safety and COVID-19

               CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page

               University of MD Extension Service– Food Safety and COVID-19

               Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University – COVID-19 Food Industry Resources

               Food Industry Association –COVID-19 Resources

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 Units)
  • 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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