The Mississippi Food Code follows the national standards for food safety issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Extension of Essential Licenses, Permits and Certifications in Response to COVID-19
- MSDH is issuing blanket extensions for water operator and backflow prevention assembly tester licenses.
- MSDH is issuing blanket extensions for retail and manufactured food facility permits. Any invoices issued for retail or manufactured food permit renewal during this extension shall not be due so long as the extension is in effect.
- MSDH is issuing blanket extensions for boiler and pressure vessel certifications. Any invoices issued for boiler and pressure vessel certification during this extension shall not be due so long as the extension is in effect.
Restaurant and Bar Re-Opening
As of May 7, restaurants and bars may re-open for in-house dining under certain restrictions to protect staff and patrons from COVID-19. The full set of operating requirements are found in the Governor's Executive Order 1478, below. Note: Restaurants should continue to abide by FDA and MSDH Food Code and Regulations while adhering to the constraints of Executive Order 1478.
COVID-19 Resources for Food Facilities
- Fast food
- Bakeries and doughnuts
- Coffee shops
- Food processors
- Food warehouses
- Food vending companies
- Ice plants
For more information about food safety, food permits, and food inspections, contact the MSDH Food Protection division at (601) 576-7689.