Food and Consumer Safety Bureau
The Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the Iowa Food Code (Iowa Code chapter 137F) by conducting food safety inspections at food establishments (grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores) and food processing plants. The purpose of the Iowa Food Code is to "safeguard the public health and provide to consumers, food that is safe, unadulterated and honestly prepared."
All food establishments in Iowa are inspected according to the 2005 Iowa Food Code. The Food Code is based upon food safety recommendations developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in consultation with representatives from the food industry and regulators. The Food Code is based on scientifically developed factors focusing on public health and the prevention of foodborne illness.
Restaurant Inspection Web Site
The Food and Consumer Safety Bureau maintains a Restaurant Inspection Web Site through which visitors will be able to learn more about the inspection process used at food establishments, who to contact with licensing or complaint questions, or how to obtain a copy of a recent food inspection report. Additional references of value to visitors include links to useful web sites dealing with food safety issues, including links to local health departments and applications.
School Concession Stands
Who is responsible for the food served in concession stands at school activities?
The Department and its contracting local health agencies, who are responsible for licensing and inspecting food service operations in the State of Iowa, will be asking that question and others during upcoming inspections of school food service operations. With few exceptions, concessions operations are subject to licensing and regulation. Some of the questions school districts should be prepared to answer are:
Licensing and other regulatory information regarding school concession stands is posted below.
481--30 Food and Consumer Safety
Iowa Code Chapter 137C - Hotel Sanitation Code
Iowa Code Chapter 137D - Home Food Establishments
Food Processing Plants - Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Iowa Department of Revenue - Iowa Sales Tax on Food
To contact us:
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083