Food Donations

Do the SNHD regulations allow a permitted food establishment to donate food?2019-06-27T18:11:41-07:00

The SNHD 2010 Regulations Governing the Sanitation of Food Establishments (Regulations) apply to all food stored in a permitted establishment. The Regulations do not specifically address food for donation. Food donated to a food bank or other permit exempt charitable organization is no longer under the SNHD regulations when it leaves the permitted establishment.

Does the permitted food establishment need a separate permit for donations?2019-06-27T18:13:01-07:00

No, however it is recommended that all food for donation is labeled and kept separate from food for the establishment.

Are the facilities that accept donated food permitted by the SNHD?2019-06-27T18:14:28-07:00

Charitable and other nonprofit organizations that receive salvaged food in bulk quantities for free distribution are exempt from the SNHD regulatory authority per NRS 446.020.

What liability do I have for food I donate?2019-06-27T18:15:46-07:00

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects food donors, including individuals and nonprofit feeding programs, who act in good faith should the donated product later cause harm to its recipient.

Are there any special requirements for food that is intended for donation while being held at the permitted food establishment?2019-06-27T18:17:25-07:00

The Regulations apply to all food stored in a permitted establishment, including storage temperatures and cooling conditions for Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods. Expired, hermetically-sealed, perishable food, and non-TCS foods for donation must be labeled.

Can facilities that accept donated food receive expired food?2019-06-27T18:18:46-07:00

Food banks and other permit exempt charitable organizations may receive some products that are near or past the expiration date, except for infant formula and baby food. Work with the specific organization to see what food products they accept.

Where can more information be found?2019-06-27T18:20:15-07:00

Contact the Food Operations inspector or the general inquiry link for additional questions. Food donation safety tips can also be found on the “FDA Surplus, Salvaged, and Donated Foods – Safety Tips” site: www.fda.gov.

Contact Information

Telephone: (702) 759-0588


Updated on: June 28, 2019

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