8930 Stanford Blvd
Entrance to the right side of building
Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
The Food Protection Program is responsible for ensuring that all retail food service facilities in Howard County serve food that is free from disease or contamination. Our Program licenses facilities such as restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and school cafeterias. Licenses are also issued to mobile and temporary food vendors operating within Howard County. In addition to inspecting and monitoring retail food facilities, we assist State and Federal authorities with food recalls and illness investigations.
Are you interested in opening a food service facility but your operation/plans don’t seem to fit the information outlined in the Plan Review Construction or Remodeling of Permanent Food Service Facilities FAQ? The Howard County Health Department is currently offering Wednesday morning time slots for restaurateurs/potential operators to discuss unique plans, operational procedures, or plan review process questions with a member of the plan review team. Please call the Food Protection Program at 410-313-1772 to sign up for a time slot from 8:30am -12pm. Note: these meeting slots are not intended for projects already under review by the plan review section. Contact the plan reviewer for questions regarding projects that are currently under review.
Maryland voted to legalize some amounts of cannabis use and possession. Under the enabling legislation, adults 21 and older may possess, use, and grow cannabis. Marijuana is now referred to as cannabis by Maryland laws. Cannabis possession and use became legal on July 1, 2023.
The Health Department would like to remind all residents that Cannabis and it’s derivatives remain an unapproved food additive. Under Maryland Health General §21-256 it is unlawful for any establishment to manufacture, sell, offer for sale or receive in commerce any food that is adulterated. Any food or beverage offered for sale in Maryland that contains CBD or THC products is considered adulterated. Any food or beverage that contains Cannabis, CBD or THC should not offered for sale, purchased, or given away from any retail grocery store, convenience store, restaurant, or farmer’s market or event.
For more information about Adult-Use Cannabis visit the Maryland Cannabis Administration webpage.
Foodborne Illness Complaint: Call us immediately at 410-313-1772. After business hours, leave a message with callback information.
Non-illness Complaint at a Restaurant/Food Facility: Fill out a Health Related Issues Complaint Form.
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