Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
Protecting You and Your Environment Virginia Department of Health
Home | VDH Programs | Find It! A-Z Index | Newsroom | Administration | Jobs
   disclaimer

Food Safety & Services


Environmental Health Specialists evaluate and inspect food establishments including restaurants, schools, hotels, motels, campgrounds, summer camps, migrant labor camps, adult and child day care centers, and vendors at public temporary events for food safety.

Temporary Food Vendors

Any person or organization preparing and serving food to the public at a temporary food event in Virginia must have a Temporary Food Establishment Permit from the local health department in which the event is held no later than 10 business days prior to an event. To receive a Food Establishment Permit, complete the Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application and submit it to your local health department. A $40 fee may need to be submitted with your application. An Environmental Health Specialist will review your application and contact you. It is recommended that temporary food vendors and their employees demonstrate knowledge in food safety through training classes such as certified manager training and basic food handler training.

Temporary Food Vendor Online Training: Washtenaw County Michigan Environmental Health Division

Food Safety Training

Food safety training is extremely important in ensuring food establishments offer the safest food possible to the public and to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.  A foodborne illness is a sickness caused by the consumption of improperly prepared or handled food. Please click here to learn more about food borne illnesses. The Chickahominy Health District strongly recommends food establishment owners and employees at all levels receive food safety training.  A variety of food safety classes are available in your community. To find a food safety class in the Richmond Metropolitan area or for more information, please visit http://www.servsafe.com/home or contact your local health department.  

For more information on employee health and personal hygiene for food workers and/or food establishment managers, please refer to the FDA Guide on Employee Health and Hand Hygiene and the Virginia Department of Health Food Regulations.

Foodborne Illness

If you believe you became ill after eating from a food service establishment located within the Chickahominy District, please fill out the Chickahominy Health District Complaint Information Form and email it to Chickahominy.EHSS@vdh.virginia.gov or call your local health department.  Please be able to provide the following information:

  • The name and address of the food establishment where the food was served
  • The date and time of day the food was consumed
  • All food consumed at the establishment and 2 weeks prior to becoming ill
  • Your symptoms, the time(s) they appeared, and if you were hospitalized
  • List of other people in your group you are aware of who became ill

For more information on employee health and personal hygiene for food workers and/or food establishment managers, please refer to the FDA Guide on Employee Health and Hand Hygiene and the Virginia Department of Health Food Regulations.

Fees for Food Programs.

Please visit the following websites for more information on food safety and related topics: 

vdh logo

Virginia Department of Health for information on regulations governing restaurants, tourist establishments (hotels/motels), swimming pools at tourist establishments, campgrounds, summer camps, migrant labor camps, and information on product recalls, bed bugs and public health in general.

cdc logo

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on recreational water topics, handwashing and general public health issues.

fda logo

US Food and Drug Administration for the FDA Federal Food Code Document or information on food safety before and after disaster, general public health issues and product recalls.

usda logo US Department of Agriculture for information on food safety and product recalls.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Tech Extension Service for information on food safety and drinking water protection.
vdh logo Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service for information on food safety for convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, wineries, and breweries.

Last Updated: 05-09-2014

Printable Version

E-mail This Page