Mississippi State Department of Health

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

Retail Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code applies throughout Mississippi, with additional state regulations noted below.

Plan Review Guide


All requirements of the retail Food Code are applicable to catering operations. Also keep in mind that:

  • You cannot cater out of a home kitchen. You may be able to use a separate room in your home, with an outside entrance, for your catering operation. Check for any city ordinances that may be applicable.

  • Before opening a catering business, contact Plan Review Team at food@msdh.ms.gov for information.

Other Regulations

Specialized food and food facility regulations appear below.

Links referenced
2017 FDA Food Code    https://www.fda.gov/food/fda-food-code/food-code-2017
Additional Mississippi Food Regulations    http://www.sos.ms.gov/adminsearch/ACCode/00000207c.pdf
Cottage Food Production    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,77,620,html
food@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:food@msdh.ms.gov
FDA guide to the review of food facility building plans    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,10237,77,60,html
food@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:food@msdh.ms.gov
Mississippi Food Manufacture and Sale Regulations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,1767,77,pdf/FoodManufactureAndSale.pdf

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