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MDH​Office of Food Protection​​

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is committed to ensuring the safety and availability of Maryland’s food supply 

during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.​

                                                                                                                   State and Federal COVID-19 Resources

Maryland Strong: Back to Business

Maryland Back to Business  NEW!                                                            Maryland Resources for Businesses and Employers 
Best Practice to Reopen Restaurants and Bars  NEW!                             Maryland Business Express                                                               
Best Practice to Reopen Restaurants and Bars​  En Español                    CDC ​Resources for Businesses and Employers                                         Restaurants and Bars: Additional Signage  NEW!                                     CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses​ and Employers 
Restaurants and Bars: Additional Signage  En Español​                            OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces 
Maryland Business Express                                                                       WHO Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID -19 

MDH COVID-19 Food Safet​y FAQs​​​  Updated  7/7/2020                       MDH Food Establishment Safe Food Donation​ ​

​Additional Resources:  

MDH understands that many Marylanders will be either cooking at home more, ordering food online through meal delivery services, or picking up carry-out meals from their favorite local food businesses​​. The links below provide resources to keep food safe at home and in public settings as well as provide resources and information for food service businesses during the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) Pandemic: 

Consumer Food Safety                                                             Retail Food Service        

                                     CDC Hand Washing                                                                     FDA Best Practices for Re-Opening​  NEW!​
                                 Four Steps to Food Safety                                                               FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Service​
                                       FoodKeeper App                                                             FDA Use of Respirators, Facemasks and Cloth Face Coverings
                FDA Shopping for Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic​                             FDA If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Workers​​
                    FDA Perspectives on Food Safety and Availability                                   CDC Restaurants and Bars Decision Tree​  NEW!​
              USDA Food Safety Tips for Home Delivered Meals​  NE​W!                                   ServSafe Takeout and Delivery Training​
                       USDA Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) FAQ​                                  National Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources
                       University of Maryland Extension Food Safety​                                                 Disaster Relief Food Safety Training​ ​
                      CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting for Households                                                              EPA Disinfectants
                                                                                                                                             Penn State Extension Proper Glove Use
                                                                                                                                                    Wearing Gloves for Food Safety​

​​Food Processing & Warehousing                                             Agriculture and Farms

                                           FDA Food Products FAQ                                                      CDC Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processors​
                   FDA Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​                        USDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ ​
                                FDA Questions and Answers for Industry​                                                  USDA Farmers to Families Food Box​
                              FDA If You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Workers​                                MD Department of Agriculture Farmers Market FAQs ​
                             University of MD Extension COVID-19 Resources ​
                                   CDC Workplace Decision Tree​    NEW!
                            CDC Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processors
                           University of MD Extension COVID-19 Resources ​
                                         AFDO COVID-19 Resources 
​                                               EPA Disinfectants
                               Penn State Extension Proper Glove Use


For Questions about Food and COVID-19, please call:
410-767-8401 or 1-866-703-3266
Or use the Questions Form to submit a question online

 If you have a food-related complaint, you can complete our Complaint Form

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This page was last updated 6/30/2020