Food Safety and Recreational Licensing - News

Information of interest and importance to the owners and operators of pools, food-service, body art, lodging, and camping facilities, and to the people who use them.

Our upcoming merger with DATCP's Division of Food Safety

On July 1, 2016, Food Safety and Recreational Licensing will join the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's (DATCP's) Division of Food Safety to consolidate food safety regulation into one state-level agency. Current DHS licenses expire on June 30, 2016. Renewals will be mailed in May. Payments should be made online or sent to the address on your renewal and must be postmarked prior to July 1, 2016, to prevent late fees. Your new license for 2016-2017 will be issued through DATCP.

For additional information, see DATCP's merger page.

Online Payments are now available

License renewals for establishments and invoices can now be paid online, as long as there are no changes needing to be made to your information. There is a 3% convenience fee to use a credit card or debit card.  Electronic checks will be processed without a convenience fee. Have your Facility ID Number and the amount due available before heading to the payment site


Certified Food Manager Law Changes

Healthiest Wisconsin Baseline Report

Approved Sanitizer Lists - Updated Policy (8/13/13)

  • In recent discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry, we discovered that EPA has developed a robust efficacy testing process for sanitizers as part of their labeling requirements. In an effort to reduce duplicative services, the Food Safety and Recreational Licensing section will no longer require sanitizers for food contact surfaces to be tested and approved for use in Wisconsin. This change will be reflected during the next code revision. The department will still require that sanitizers meet the Wisconsin Food Code reference 4−501.114.

    All sanitizers are required to have an approved EPA label with directions for use unless otherwise approved for use with food contact surfaces or food by FDA.

Product Recalls

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Last Revised: April 22, 2016