FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 20, 2017

For More Information Contact
Tiffany Cox, Public Information Officer, Office: 804-862-8951, Cell: 804-704-7554, tiffany.cox@vdh.virginia.gov

LICENSING PROCESS CHANGES FOR MOBILE FOOD UNITS

(Petersburg, Va.)- As of July 1, 2017, mobile food units are now required to display their license in the form of a sticker affixed to their mobile unit. This change in the licensing process comes as a result of state law changes in the Virginia General Assembly’s 2017 session. The law requires the Virginia Department of Health to issue a mobile food unit license in the form of a sticker.

All licensed mobile food unit owners are responsible for obtaining a sticker license from their local health department no later than August 31, 2017. There is no additional cost for the new sticker license. Mobile food units inspected on or after September 1, 2017 that do not have a sticker license will be out of compliance with state food regulations and/or local ordinances.

In order to assist owners in obtaining new licensing, the Crater District Health Departments (CDHD) will offer additional hours to issue mobile food unit stickers. The CDHD staff will be at the Petersburg Health Department (PHD), 301 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 on Tuesday, August 1st - Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Environmental Health Specialists will need to verify the sticker is placed on the unit so you must bring your mobile unit to the health department. Crater District Health Departments serve the Cities of Emporia, Hopewell and Petersburg, and Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry and Sussex Counties. Anyone with a mobile food unit located in these areas will need to be at the PHD during those three days (August 1st – August 3rd) to obtain the new sticker. There is no appointment necessary.

For more information about mobile food unit license stickers, please contact Environmental Health Program Support Technician Candy Williams at 804-862-8944 or candy.williams@vdh.virginia.gov. Also, you can visit Crater Health District online at craterhd.net, or on Facebook @CRATERHD and Twitter @CraterHD.

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