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Most questions regarding food production, handling, sales and serving, including cottage food laws and regulations are handled by the state's local health department or department of agriculture, and sometimes by a city or county business registration office.
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Email us https://health.ri.gov/contact/
After Hours Phone: 401-276-8046
The following counties have websites, and some have Facebook pages, that provide information regarding their department and its services:
RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Listed below are the address and telephone numbers of the offices of the Department of Human Services in Rhode Island which administer the following programs:
Rhode Island Works Program (RIW), Medical Assistance (MA), Long Care Services and Supports (LTSS), General Public Assistance (GPA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and Rehabilitation Services (ORS).
OFFICE ADDRESS TELEPHONE
Rhode Island Environmental Protection Bureau
Terrence Gray, PE; Assoc Director
235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websiteFDA Labeling and Nutrition
Nutrition Facts Label, Label Claims, Menu and Vending Machine Labeling, Gluten-Free LabelingFDA Ingredients and Packaging
Food & Color Additives, GRAS, Food Allergens, Food Contact Substances, New Plant Varieties
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a tool, the AskUSDA site providing information from across USDA all in one place. Just type key words or phrases into the search box. Your search will provide the top 10 results from across USDA. For the best search results, keep in mind that including "and" in the search box will exclude articles that don't include all searched words. Including "or" in the search box will include articles with any of the searched words.
If you have specific USDA questions that you cannot find answers to on the site, call (202) 720-2791 or email USDA at [email protected].
If you are looking for the national US Department of Health, that's the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and here is the mailing address and phone number:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free Call Center: 1-877-696-6775
Note: Please be aware that mail sent to their Washington D.C. area offices takes an additional 3-4 days to process due to security precautions.