The Mississippi Food Code follows the national standards for food safety issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
USFDA and Mississippi Food Codes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code applies throughout Mississippi, with additional state regulations noted below.
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Obtaining a Food Permit
Restaurants and caterers can obtain a food facility permit through our permit and inspection process:
More details can be found in the Permits section.
All requirements of the 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 the environmentalist at the local health department in the county where you plan to operate.
For more information about food safety and inspection, contact our Food Safety division at (601) 576-7689.