Food & Drug Safety Program

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Retail Food Project

Project Leader: William Manley
Phone Number: (609)826-4935

Handwashing PosterThe Retail Food Project serves as the technical resource to local health departments and the food service and retail food industries regarding the uniform interpretation and enforcement of New Jersey’s retail food rules (found at NJAC 8:24-1 and entitled “Chapter 24 Sanitation in Retail Food Establishments and Food and Beverage Vending Machines”) for approximately 55,000 retail food establishments.

The Project also oversees the inspection and regulation of retail foodservice facilities operating on State properties as covered under the Memorandums of Agreement with the NJ Turnpike, NJ Transit Corp Rail Stations, NJ Sports & Exposition Authority, Juvenile Justice Commission and the NJ Department of Corrections as well as regulates the State’s meals for the elderly program funded by the Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services. The project oversees New Jersey’s Food Manager’s Sanitation Certification program to train Foodservice Managers.

This project also works closely with the Department’s Communicable Disease Service and local health departments in the coordination and investigation of food related outbreaks that occur in retail food establishments.


ALERT: Notice for the Retail/Wholesale Food Industry Regarding Unlicensed/Non-compliant NJ Food Operators (LAST UPDATED: Januaary 30, 2015) [pdf 12k]


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