Rules and Regulations

Iowa Code Chapter 137F authorizes the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) to administer and enforce a statewide food safety program.  Chapter 137F adopts the federal Food Code published by the U.S. Public Health Service as the basis for the state‚Äôs food safety regulations. To obtain a copy of the Iowa Food Code in its entirety, click on the link below:


Iowa Code Chapters
You may obtain a copy of the Iowa Food Code from this web page, as well as copies of the applicable state laws governing Hotel Sanitation (Iowa Code Chapter 137C), Home Food Establishments (Iowa Code Chapter 137D), Food Establishments and Food Processing Plants (Iowa Code Chapter 137F), and Egg Handlers (Iowa Code Chapter 196).  To obtain a copy of the various Iowa Code chapters, click on the appropriate link below:

Administrative Rules
In order to enforce the state laws governing food establishments and lodging facilities, the Department has adopted specific administrative rules.  You may obtain a copy of these rules by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Terms and Definitions
Numerous terms and their definitions are specific to the inspection of food establishment and lodging facilities.  Click here to view a list of the most commonly used terms and their definitions.

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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