Food Complaints


To report sanitation problems, fires, water outages, and sewage backups at restaurants and other food facilities within San Diego County:

Food and Housing Division (FHD) Complaint Liaison
(858) 505-6903
We no longer accept anonymous complaints. Your name and contact information will be kept confidential.

To report suspected foodborne illness (food poisoning) related to retail food facilities, such as restaurants and markets within the County of San Diego:

FHD Epidemiology (Foodborne Illness) Liaison
(858) 505-6814
Or fill out this form and email it to:


Wholesale food processing and distribution facilities that handle food other than meat and poultry:

California Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch
(800) 495-3232 (toll-free)


Domestic and imported food products sold in interstate commerce that do not contain meat or poultry, such as cereal and bottled beverages:

Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
(888) INFO-FDA (888-463-6332 toll-free nationwide)
Southern California (949) 608-3530 or (800) 877-8339 (TDD/TTY)

Food-borne illness or drug-product tampering cases:

FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
(888) 723-3366
Emergency/24-hours: (301) 443-1240

Domestic and imported meat, poultry and related products (such as meat- or poultry-containing stews, pizzas, and frozen foods), and processed egg products (generally liquid, frozen, and dried pasteurized egg products):

United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service
(800) 535-4555 (toll-free nationwide) or (800) 256-7072 (TDD/TTY)
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline



  (858) 505-6900