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The New Mexico Environment Department Food Program exists to protect employees, consumers, and the general public from adverse health and safety conditions, such as foodborne illness, in public food establishments throughout our state. The Program consists of trained Environmental Specialists that conduct food inspections, Food Specialists that provide additional technical expertise, and a Program Manager.

Click here to contact NMED staff working in the Food Program. The Food Program Manager is Johnathan Gerhardt, who may be reached at (505) 222-9515 or by e-mail.

Individuals wanting to operate a home-based food processing operation must first obtain a permit from NMED before offering their food products to the public. To find out more information click on Home-Based Food Processing.

The Food Program conducts the following activities:

  • Enforcement
    Enforcing the current New Mexico Food Service and Processing Regulations by conducting thorough establishment “health inspections” at least once per year and investigating complaints.
  • Training
    Providing free training on a periodic basis. Training modules range from basic food safety practices to detailed Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) implementation. We also conduct the required food safety training for Home Based Food Processor Licensing.  Contact your district food safety specialist for the schedule.
  • Outreach
    Conducting public outreach events to help raise food safety awareness among the public.
  • Review
    Reviewing operational and construction plans for retail food establishments and food processing operations. New and remodeled retail operations are reviewed by our Environmental Specialists and food processing operations are reviewed by our Food Specialists. The review process helps ensure that facilities and equipment are constructed and organized in such a way to foster safe food preparation/production.
  • Response
    Responding to foodborne illness complaints and outbreaks. In the case of an outbreak, our staff works diligently to determine the source of the illness and takes appropriate steps to eliminate immediate causes and prevent such problems from arising in the future.
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