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Food Safety Inspections

Attention new wineries, breweries and distilleries: Virginia food law mandates a food safety inspection by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) before opening for business. The preopening inspection, conducted by a VDACS food safety specialist, is needed to ensure the facility meets Virginia food laws requirements and related regulations.

Please contact the nearest VDACS office for an appointment.

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Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].