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Food Protection Program
The Indiana Food Protection Program, within the Indiana State Department of Health, strives to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply throughout the State of Indiana. The Program develops regulations, conducts routine inspections, investigates foodborne illness complaints, and responds to other food emergency incidents. The Food Protection Program participates in cooperative food safety inspection programs with other state, federal, and local agencies.
The Food Protection Program is divided into two different focus areas, a Food Safety focus and a Food Defense focus.
The Food Safety Section has regulatory authority and conducts inspections, with Food Safety Inspection Officers (FSIOs), of food establishments on state property, manufacturing plants, processors, warehouses, packagers, and transporters and of food products for distribution to another entity for resale or redistribution. The FSIO’s also provide training and technical assistance to local health departments, consumers and businesses. The Rapid Response program responds to foodborne illness outbreaks with assessment and investigations. Indiana Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 331 was signed into law on March 15, 2018, with an effective date of July 1, 2018. This law allows ISDH to enter or inspect, at reasonable times, any produce farm that grows, harvests, packs, or holds covered produce as defined by 21 CFR 112 (FSMA Produce Safety Rule) that is intended for human consumption and is subject to 21 CFR 112.
The Food Defense Section provides guidance, with Food Defense Program Coordinators, to Indiana's food retailers, producers, processors, and distributors on how to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop food defense plans. They developed and maintain the Food Emergency Response Plan and works with other entities and programs toward protecting food from intentional acts of contamination. They also manage the Indiana Food Safety and Defense Task Force.