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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Sanitary and Operating Requirements in Retail Food Stores [2 VAC 5 ‑ 580]    (Repealed)
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description A regulation that establishes requirements for retail food stores and covers potentially hazardous food products; temperatures for preparing and storing hot and cold food products; reheating hot foods; methods and materials to be used in the sanitation of food processing equipment; employee hygiene and cleanliness practices; food sample demonstration and food promotion; construction and maintenance of physical facilities; and water supply and plumbing requirements.
State Authority Sections 3.1-364 and 3.1-398 of the Code of Virginia (1950 ), as amended
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The establishment of minimum sanitary requirements for retail food stores.
Meetings See all meetings (1) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: James A. Morano  / Review and Compliance Officer
Address: P.. O. box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-3520    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Promulgate new regulation (Chapter 585), Repeal Chapter 580
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/16/2007.
Retail Food Stores NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 10/05/2001 after the comment period had ended.