Licensing

Operating a retail food store incudes the preparing, packaging, storing, handling, or displaying of food for sale to the consumer or user:
  • Produce trimming
  • Processed meat slicing
  • Cheese slicing
  • Preparing gutted and filleted fish
  • Changing the form of food such as squeezing fruit into juice or grinding nuts into nut butter

Retail food store would include sales of packaged foods, food for immediate consumption, bulk food, seafood, or produce such as:

  • Full service grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Stores selling only bottled alcoholic beverages such as wine or beer
  • Vitamin and supplement stores
  • Truck or van with a freezer unit selling frozen or fresh seafood
  • Retail stores selling seafood and other non-meat retail foods
  • Produce stands that are not on the property where the produce is grown
  • Stands that sell their own home-grown produce and produce purchased from outside sources
  • Truck or van selling produce, packaged bread, packaged spices, packaged cheese, or any other packaged food that is from a licensed source

What activities are prohibited?

Foods from unlicensed sources 

All foods sold must be produced in a business licensed by ODA or a County Health Department. You must verify that anyone selling foods to you for your business has an ODA or Health Department license. Food produced in other states must be licensed by the responsible agency in that state.

Home canned low acid foods 

Sale of home canned low acid foods such as vegetables and seafood is absolutely prohibited. Anyone wishing to can low acid foods must first go through a rigorous training and certification process. See food processing licenses for more information.

Resources

Big Five Organisms

Norovirus, Hepatitis A Virus, Salmonella Typhi, Shigella SPP., and E. Coli 0157:H7 Document

Boiled Water Advisory Information

Boiled Water Advisory Information from CDC Website

Food Code

The food code is used to regulate retail stores and retail meat and bakery, Plan Review section 8-201.11 Document

Food Code Fact Sheet # 1 No Bare Hand Contact

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 2 Reduced Oxygen Packaging Without a Variance Requires HACCP

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 3 Variances

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 4 Cook/Chill and Sous Vide Requires HACCP

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 5 Employee Illness Policy

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 6 Consumer Advisory

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 7 Allergens

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 8 Wild Mushrooms

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Food Code Fact Sheet # 9 Pet Dogs in Outdoor Designated Seating Areas

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Food Code Fact Sheet #10 Proper Glove Use

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Food Code Fact Sheet #11 Cut Leafy Greens

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Food Code Fact Sheet #12 Cut Tomatoes

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Food Code Fact Sheet #13 Probe Thermometers

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Food Code Fact Sheet #14 Sprouting Seeds or Beans

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Food Code Fact Sheet #15 Pest Control Plans

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Food Code Significant Changes

Significant Changes to the 2013 ODA Food Code Document

Food Employee Interview

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Food Employee Reporting Agreement

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Food Safety Plan Review Requirements-English

Plan Review Requirements Document

Food Safety Plan Review Requirements-Spanish

Plan Review Requirements Document

Manager Certification

Certificates that will meet the food protection manager requirements in the food code. Document

Mushroom Buyer Certificate

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Retail HACCP Guidance

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Retail, Food Processing and Warehouses, ORS 616: Food and Other Commodities Regulation

Law or rule

Retail, Home (Domestic) Kitchen Processing & Bakery Regulation, Refrigerated Locker (General standards only), Farm Direct Rules (603-025-0215 to 603-025-0275)

Law or rule

Seafood Processing at Retail Guidelines

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Service Animals Brochure

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Service Animals Definition and Requirements from Department of Justice (2011)

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Service Animals Poster

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Variance Application

Editable Word document Document

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​Contact

Main Office
Food Safety
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4720
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