Environmental Health

Public Health and Food Protection Program

PHFPP Spotlight

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Food Establishments

The Public Health and Food Protection Program is dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest rules and guidance for retail food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Consumer Food Advisories

Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters (Fish Smart, Eat Smart)
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Department of Health (NJDOH) provide advice on consuming those species of fish in which high levels of chemical contaminants have been found. Since levels of contaminants may vary from one location to another and from one fish species to another, the advisories are also separated by site. So be sure to check which guidelines refer to your fishing location and the fish species you catch. View the PDF guidance from NJDEP.

 

 

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Food and Drug Recalls

Recalls.gov lists the most recent recalls issued by the six participating federal regulatory agencies. Each link opens a new window at the issuing agency's web site. Read more at Recalls.gov.

 

Consumer questions about food recalls may be directed to FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center. Read more at FDA FCIC.

 

 

See the Latest Recalls at Recalls.gov

Cottage Food Operator Permits

New rules creating a cottage food operator (home baker) permit became effective as of October 4, 2021.

New Jersey historically prohibited the sale of home baked goods but has now joined other states in allowing cottage food operations.  The Department has been working on this issue for some time and carefully balanced allowing home bakers to operate small businesses while instituting appropriate safeguards.  While developing these new regulations, the Department received input from many stakeholders, including local health departments, home bakers, the retail food industry, and others. 

 

 

 

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The Public Health and Food Protection Program protects the public by providing inspection services and technical advice to the public, regulated communities, and local/county health departments.

 

Loel Muetter, M.A. H.O., R.E.H.S.
Program Manager

Email: phfpp@doh.nj.gov 

Phone: (609) 826-4935

 

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WHOLESALE FOOD

  • Wholesalers & Manufacturers
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Refrigerated Warehouses

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RETAIL FOOD

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SHELLFISH

  • Post-Harvest Oysters, Clams, Mussels
  • Dealer Certifications
  • Shellfish Illness Investigations

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NITROUS OXIDE

  • Race Cars
  • Food Preparation
  • Medical Use

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MEDICAL WASTE

  • Syringe Disposal
  • Safe Handling
  • Guidance

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BOTTLED WATER

  • Bottling Plants and Sources
  • Regulations and Standards
  • Registration

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DAIRY 

  • Manufacturers and Processors
  • Milk and Cheese
  • Frozen Desserts

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DRUGS & DEVICES

  • Wholesale Distributors
  • Manufacturers
  • Compounding Pharmacies

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BODY ART

  • Permanent Cosmetics
  • Microblading
  • Tattooing

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BED BUGS

  • Resource Links
  • Prevention
  • Mattresses

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EXPORT DOCUMENTS

  • Certificates of Free Sale
  • Health Certificates
  • Good Manufacturing Practices

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YOUTH CAMPS 

  • Youth Camp Operators
  • Parents and Campers
  • Local Health Officials

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TANNING

  • Facility Operators
  • Tanning Customers
  • Local Health Officials

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RECREATIONAL BATHING

  • Pool Operators
  • Swimmers
  • Local Health Officials

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CAMPGROUNDS

  • Public Campgrounds
  • NJ Rules
  • Jurisdiction

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Last Reviewed: 10/13/2021