Food Safety

Understanding Health Inspections for Summer Food

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Contracting Entities (CE) are required to meet all applicable state and local health, safety, and sanitation standards.  Before SFSP operations begin, a CE must notify in writing the appropriate state, city or county health department of its intent to provide a food service including specific locations and times. A copy of this notification must be submitted to TDA with the CE's application.

In Texas, local health, safety, and sanitation standards may vary depending on where a site is located and how the site is operating (Food Service Management Company, on-site food preparations, etc.). It is the CE's responsibility to know, understand, and comply with all state and/or local health and safety standards.

Please use the interactive map below to find your health inspector contact information. It is the responsibility of the CEs and sites to contact their local health department to ensure CEs implement the latest requirements and standards.

Health Inspector Locator Map

Guide to reading information:

Marker: Markers indicate a health inspector within a specific area. If the information on the marker does not reflect your specific area, please refer to the following map:  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/regions/default.shtm.

Jurisdiction: State, County, Local or Split Jurisdiction
Depending on your location, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) may be responsible for conducting your health inspections. In certain areas, counties or cities may have local jurisdiction. Therefore, please be sure to use the interactive map to contact the appropriate health inspector for the area where your site(s) are located.

Contact Information: Contact information for the state or local health inspector
You must contact each county and city that has local jurisdiction where you operate an SFSP site. If there is not a local county or city health authority, then you must contact the DSHS Regional Office at: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/regions/default.shtm.

Click the photo for the
Health Inspector Locator Tool

Click here for instructions on how to use the tool.

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