Food Safety and Compliance

The SC Department of Agriculture Food Safety & Compliance Program ensures that foods are manufactured and marketed under safe and sanitary conditions through routine surveillance inspections and audits. Inspectors ensure that food is pure and wholesome, safe to eat, and properly labeled according to current laws and requirements.

Food Safety & Compliance Services

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) audits under Cooperative agreement with USDA.
  • Review and verify food product labels for compliance with current laws and regulations (including net weight, allergen disclosure, ingredients, manufacturer’s information, and nutritional facts).
  • Sanitation inspections of warehouses and distribution facilities.
  • Non-meat manufacturers and processors inspections.
  • Inspections for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under federal contract including Seafood and Juice Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HAACP) inspections.
  • Provide guidance to small prospective wholesale food manufacturers.
  • Acid (jams & jellies), Acidified (pickled foods), and Low Acid (retorts/thermal processed) food regulations enforcement.
  • Better Process Control Schools offer training and certification to prospective manufacturers of Acidified (Pickled) and Low Acid foods.
  • Seizure of any and all food found or suspected to be adulterated or unsafe for human consumption through embargo powers.
  • Regulate salvage food stores and distributors. Salvager Permit Application
  • Work closely with SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Meat and Poultry Inspection, SC Department of Natural Resources, FDA, USDA, and other state and federal agencies.
Guidelines for Food Processors   South Carolina Food and Cosmetic Act
Guidelines for Food Storage Warehouses        FDA Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act
FDA & USDA Food Safety Recalls   FDA Food Labeling Guide
Registration Verification Certificate Form
Egg License Application Egg Guidelines
Honey Guidance Honey Labeling
Honey Exemption Form
Cottage Food FAQs Cottage Food Exemption Application
Angie Culler
Food Safety & Compliance Manager