The Food and Lodging Program works to protect Vermonters’ health and prevent disease by promoting sanitation and ensuring food safety. To accomplish this, over 6,000 restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and food processors—where food is prepared, served, processed, or stored—are licensed and regularly inspected. Lodging facilities including hotels, bed & breakfasts, and children’s camps are also regulated by the Food and Lodging Program.
Public health inspectors investigate foodborne disease outbreaks and respond to other public health emergencies throughout the state. Food and Lodging staff investigate reports from consumers including sanitation complaints, food product contamination, and suspected foodborne illness.
The Food & Lodging Program also serves as an educational resource for the public and the food service industry.