Food (Miscellaneous)

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814-Other Federal Agencies


The US Food and Drug Administration regulates expiration date requirements for some food items, which vary in states & counties.

US Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993

1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)

General Information:

(888) 463-6332

Advises limits on keeping food, storage temperatures, how to avoid salmonella bacteria/poisoning, safely preparing foods such as meats, poultry, egg dishes, etc. (For food poisoning or tampering see Food Poisoning).

Food Handling:

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline

(888) 674-6854

Processed Foods, Canned, Packaged:

(916) 654-0504 (CA Food and Agriculture)

(916) 650-6500 (CA Health Services)

Milk and Dairy Food: (916) 653-6681

The Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch; California Department of Food and Agriculture ensures that milk products are safe and properly labeled.

Meat and Poultry Branch: (916) 654-0504 (California)

California Department of Food and Agriculture answers questions on quality, registration, or questions for a veterinarian medical officer.

Grain Commodities Inspections: (916) 445-0444 (California)

Food Poisoning: (916) 875-8440 (Sacramento County only)

Contact local County Health Department to report incident and poison control centers or hospitals for treatment.

Food Sanitation (916) 875-8440 (Sacramento County only)

Contact the local County Environmental Health Department for issues or questions regarding food sanitation for restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores, and food handlers. Sacramento County Consumers may report problem to the Community Hazards and Nuisance

Weight and Packaging: (916) 875-6603 (Sacramento county)

Local County Weights and Measures Office.