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Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Food Protection Program, within Bureau of Environmental Health in the Department of Public Health, strives to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program accomplishes this objective by developing regulations, policies and interpretations; conducting routine inspections; conducting foodborne illness complaint investigations and responding to other food emergency incidents; participating in cooperative food safety inspection programs with other state, federal and local agencies; offering educational programs; and undertaking regulatory enforcement actions such as embargoes, administrative sanctions, and civil or criminal penalties.