Office of Food Protection

The Office of Food P​rote​ction’s (OFP) mission​ is to assure the safety of food in Maryland. ​

We: ​

  • Work with partners from Local, State, and Federal agencies
  • Participate in policy making, training and information sharing
  • Conduct plan, process, and HACCP reviews for all Food Processing Plants, Warehouses, Milk and Dairy Plants, and Chain/franchise retail food service facilities (prototypes).
  • Issue licenses, inspect and enforce food safety regulations for Food Processing, Warehousing, and Milk/Dairy Facilities.
  • ​Respond to threats to the food supply including contamination and food tampering, and participate in epidemiological investigations.

​Programs and Services​

Covid-19 and Food Protection Update: 

Thanks to the efforts of the majority of Marylanders to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, business operations have begun the return to normal in Maryland.  As of July 1, 2021 all emergency mandates and restrictions related to COVID-19 were lifted, including face covering requirements. ​As such, masks are not required in any setting, except for public transportation conveyances, which is in effect under Federal order.  Private businesses and workplaces are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and may still put in place the​ir own policies with respect to masking. See the Maryland Department of Health Face Covering Recommendations and FAQ.  For more information regarding restaurants and retail operations, please contact a local health department food program.


MDH strongly recom​mends that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings outside of their home and in outdoor settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Contact us
Maryland Department of Health 
Office of Food Protection
6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1301
Baltimore, MD  21202
Phone:  (410) 767-8400
Fax: (410) 333-8931​
E-mail:​​ ​​

​This page was last updated 9/23/2021

If you have a food-related complaint, please complete our Compla​int Form​​​.
For other food-related questions please email:

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