Food and Consumer Safety Bureau

Welcome to the home page of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA).  The Bureau is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's food and sanitation laws (Iowa Code chapters 137C, 137D, 137F and 196).

Staff in the Bureau protects Iowa’s consuming public by licensing and conducting inspections at food establishments (grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores), food processing plants, and hotels and motels.  Staff also conducts inspections at barber shops and cosmetology salons.

Through this web site, visitors will be able to learn more about the inspection process used at food establishments across the state, who to contact with licensing or complaint questions, or how to obtain a copy of a recent food inspection report.  Visitors may also view or download a copy of the Iowa Food Code, as well as other state rules and regulations governing restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, food processing plants, and hotels, among other establishment types.

Additional references of value to visitors include links to useful web sites dealing with food safety issues, including links to those local health departments under contract to DIA.  Visitors may also view or download a list of the most commonly used terms and their definitions.

If you have comments or questions about this web site or any of the information contained in it, please do not hesitate to contact the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau by telephone at (515) 281-6538, or by e-mail at food@dia.iowa.gov.

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Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
Food and Consumer Safety Bureau
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0083
Phone: (515) 281-6538
Fax: (515) 281-3291
Email: Webmaster@dia.state.ia.us