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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Are you a food manufacturer who did not receive a revenue worksheet last year? Did your invoice have a much larger than usual fee amount? Please download a copy of the FDU/MDU Revenue Worksheet here, complete it, and fax it to the Permit Unit at (225) 342-7807.


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Fast Facts

  • Food and Drug Unit inspectors conduct inspections of food, drug, cosmetic, UV tanning, and commercial body art facilities.
  • 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.