The Office of Food Protection’s (OFP) mission is to assure the safety of food in Maryland. The Office reviews, licenses, and inspects food manufacturing facilities in the state. The Office also works with local health departments, other state agencies, and the federal government to assure the safety of the food supply and to respond to any potential or actual threats to the food supply.


What We Do:

  • Participate in policymaking, training and information sharing
  • Conduct enforcement and epidemiological investigations of food establishments
  • Inspect and enforce food safety regulations for shellfish plants, crabmeat plants, seafood HACCP, canneries, food manufacturing plants, frozen food plants, ice manufacturing plants, confectionery plants, food warehouses, soft drink and water bottling plants
  • Inspect and enforce food processing plants, which are not delegated to the local health departments
  • Conduct plan review for all food processing plants and chain/franchise food service facilities
  • Register out-of-state bottled water and soft drink products
  • Coordinate the federal requirements for the Child Nutritional and Commodity Food Distribution Programs for DHMH facilities
  • Respond to emergencies involved with food tampering or contamination


​Contact us: 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Food Protection
6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1301
Baltimore, MD  21202
P:  (410) 767-8400/Fax: 410-333-8931
E-mail:  dhmh.envhealth@maryland.gov