Mississippi State Department of Health

Food Code and Food Facility Permits


The Mississippi Food Code follows the national standards for food safety issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



  • Restaurants
  • Fast food
  • Caterers
  • Bakeries and doughnuts
  • Coffee shops

and others.


Manufactured Food


  • Food processors
  • Food warehouses
  • Food vending companies
  • Re-packers
  • Ice plants

and others.


Cottage Foods

Certain types of food may be home prepared and home sold without a permit

Milk and Bottled Water

Regulations and program activities


For more information about food safety, food permits, and food inspections, contact the MSDH Food Protection division at (601) 576-7689.

Links referenced on this page
FDA: Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic    https://www.fda.gov/media/137867/download
FDA: Food Safety and COVID-19    https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
FDA COVID-19 Guidance and Information    https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
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