Food Industry Licensing

Overview

The government regulates the food industry in many different ways. States and counties require licenses for every type of food business from food preparation to food consumption. The food industry is subject to rigorous inspections and enforcement of the law due to public health and safety concerns. Every food-related business needs to be properly licensed before it can start operating. The experts at LicenseLogix are familiar with all agencies governing the food industry. We will oversee each application and help ensure that your business is properly licensed.

Background

Food production, processing and serving are regulated for a variety of public health and safety reasons. Food products are federally regulated by either the United State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). These organizations require a variety of licenses and/or registrations depending on the specific activities of the business. For example, under the Bio Terrorism Act, the FDA now requires that food facilities be registered with the agency. This registration applies to owners, operators or agents in charge of domestic or foreign consumption.

Many states require food industry businesses to obtain a permit from the state health department. This allows the state to ensure that the food is being properly stored, prepared and serviced. Many local health departments require additional licenses or permits. Most states also regulate how food is manufactured. “Food Manufacturer” can be construed broadly to include any facility or business where food is prepared, e.g., a sandwich shop. The state department of agriculture or the state department of health may license these manufacturers. Additionally, local food-related licenses may apply. Most state and local licenses are renewable and fees range from $50 - $2,000.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Food-related businesses operating without a permit or with an expired permit are subject to both state and local penalties. Penalties range from high fines, cease and desist orders and even criminal penalties, such as jail time and probation.

How we help your business:

  1. Our licensing specialists will help you get organized, get informed and get licensed.
  2. Our flat rate service fee will save you money by taking a time-consuming task off of your desk for a fraction of what it might cost elsewhere.
  3. We will ensure that your application is filed correctly and that you are operating in compliance with the law. Let us do what we do best so your business can do what it does best.

More Resources:

- US Food and Drug Administration
- United States Department of Agriculture - USDA


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