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Rules & Regulations

Executive Orders Related to Opening the State of Texas

On April 27, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued several Executive Orders to coincide with the first phase of the State of Texas's ongoing plan to Open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19:


Grocery sales from restaurants
Farmers Markets during COVID
Restaurant guidance during a pandemic
Food Safety Resource

For any questions or concerns regarding this DECLARATION please contact:
Bell County Historic Courthouse
101 East Central Avenue
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 933-5105

In an effort to serve and protect the public the best way possible, it is necessary to have full transparency and disclosure. Bell County Public Health District's Retail Food Protection Division would like to address the growing concerns of the illegal sale of food through social media sources or otherwise in our area. The Retail Food Division has contacted the social media sites in an effort to cease or block the sales. However, it does not fall under their definition of illegal sales, even though it is illegal in the state of Texas. Therefore, they will not cease or delete the posts. We are also doing everything within our realm to discourage people from purchasing from these sites and/or people, as residential facilities, where the food is being made, which are not monitored, inspected, or regulated for proper food safety and sanitation. Food being made, other then that approved under the Texas Cottage Food Laws, at a location other then a  permitted Bell County Retail Food Facility or a permitted Bell County Mobile Food Unit, are considered to be unsafe, illegally prepared, and illegally sold according to the Texas Food Establishment Rules and Regulations (TFER) and are consumed at the customers own risk. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Bell County Public Health Retail Food Protection Division.

The NEW Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect on October 11, 2015.  In order to find a copy of the new Rules, please visit the DSHS Laws and Rules page, along with the Guidance and Publications page, where you will find updated Regulatory Clarifications and Guidance Documents for use with the new TFER and the Bell County Public Health District Local Order.

Bell County Retail Food Sanitation Order
Texas Food Establishment Rules
Cottage Food Laws
Mobile Food Unit change effective February 1, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers