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The inspection and regulation of restaurants and other food service facilities in Alabama is the responsibility of the Alabama Department of Public Health environmental staff at the county health departments and the Division of Food, Milk, and Lodging (FML). The county health departments enforce rules for establishments such as restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores.

Food Establishment Scores Online Database

In cooperation with county health departments statewide, the FML has developed a new application that lets you search for food establishment scores throughout Alabama.

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Food Service Permit

State law requires any facility selling food to have a current food service permit that is issued by the local county health department. Foodservice establishments are generally required to be inspected a minimum of three times per year depending on the type of food being prepared. The average convenience store may be inspected one time per year, again depending on the type of food sold there.

Inspection Report

Inspection reports and permits are required to be posted in conspicuous view within the establishment. A numerical scoring system on a 100-point scale is used with points deducted for each violation. Learn more about the scoring system.

Establishment Closings - ADPH reports closings of food service establishments and lodging and body art facilities online.

Are you interested in learning more about the wonderful food our state has to offer? Check out the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel to learn more about Alabama cuisine.


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