Food and Drug Unit
The Food and Drug Unit of the Office of Public Health regulates a variety of activities and processes pertaining to food, drugs, and cosmetics in the state of Louisiana. Regulated facilities include food-manufacturing facilities; drug-manufacturing facilities; food and drug storage warehouses; ice-manufacturing plants; ice-vending units; bottled water facilities; acidified- and low-acid canned foods processors; food banks; breweries; wineries; wholesale producers of value-added seafood products (such as gumbos and etouffees); beef and poultry product storage warehouses; medical-gas manufacturers and trans-fillers; medical-gas distribution facilities; UV tanning facilities; commercial body art (tattooing, permanent makeup, and body piercing) facilities; and water-vending units.
Please note that for assistance with retail operations like restaurants and grocery stores, you must contact your local parish health unit sanitarian.
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- Product Registration
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- UV Tanning
- Export Certificates
- Find Your Inspector
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- Food Processing/Recall Plans
- LACF/Acidified Foods Training Courses (link requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Current Food/Drug/Cosmetic Product Recalls
- Food and Drug Unit inspectors conducted over 2,446 inspections of food, drug, cosmetic, UV tanning, and commercial body art facilities in FY 2017.
- FDU inspectors conduct inspections on behalf of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the Federal Inspection Program (FIP) contract.
- Staff members issue thousands of export certificates and certificates of free sale annually.