Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Health: Food and Drugs

H27 Food Protection Program

H28 Drug Control Program

H27 Food Protection Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6712

The Massachusetts Food Protection Program, within Bureau of Environmental Health in the Department of Public Health, strives to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program accomplishes this objective by developing regulations, policies and interpretations; conducting routine inspections; conducting foodborne illness complaint investigations and responding to other food emergency incidents; participating in cooperative food safety inspection programs with other state, federal and local agencies; offering educational programs; and undertaking regulatory enforcement actions such as embargoes, administrative sanctions, and civil or criminal penalties.

H28 Drug Control Program (DCP)
Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-973-0800

The Drug Control Program promotes access to safe and effective pharmaceutical care services in Massachusetts and protects consumers against fraud, deception and unsafe practices in the distribution, handling and use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The Program has statutory responsibility to set standards for the control of prescribing, dispensing and administration of pharmaceuticals by health care providers as well as distribution of pharmaceuticals by health care facilities (e.g. hospitals, clinics, long-term care) and other entities (e.g. manufacturers, distributors, community-based programs). The DCP undertakes initiatives to promote effective security and accountability measures and to prevent theft, tampering, misuse and abuse of drugs.

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