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Indiana State Department of Health

Food Protection Home > Retail Information > Retail Food Laws & Rules Retail Food Laws & Rules

Indiana has revised the food laws governing retail food establishments. The rule titled “Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements” Title 410 IAC 7-24 (Title 410 of the Indiana Administrative Code, Article 7, Rule 24), became effective November 15, 2004. The rule is consistent with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 2001 Model Food Code. To obtain the 2001 FDA Model Food Code, you can go to the following web site: Indiana has a separate Bed and Breakfast rule under the title "Sanitation of Bed and Breakfast Establishments" Title 410 IAC 7-15.5 (Title 410 of the Indiana Administrative Code, Article 7, Rule 15.5).

Indiana statutes that govern food are found under Indiana Code Title 16, Article 42, Chapters 1, 2 and 5. A regulation for Certified Food Handlers was enacted by the 2001 legislature. The statute states that (after December 31, 2004) a food service establishment not exempt must employ a certified food handler. This statute can be found under IC 16-18-2 (Indiana Code Title 16, Article 18, Chapter 2). If you need a paper copy of statues or rules, please visit your county library. They have copies of the Indiana Code and the Indiana Administrative Code.

Another source of information regarding rules can be found in a publication called The Indiana Register. The Indiana Register is published by the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). This monthly publication contains all copies of rules created by various state agencies. The Indiana Register is your first source for all future rulemakings. This publication is available at your county library. In Marion County it is available at the main branch, located at 42 E. St. Claire, Indianapolis, IN. The Indiana Register is also available on the Internet at Please note that electronic versions of the Indiana Register are in WordPerfect 8.0 format.

Other laws and rules regulating food may be found at the listed web sites below.

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To send general questions to the Food Protection Program e-mail us at