1. My friends tell me that my barbecue sauce or other bottled product is really good and that I should start selling it to the public. What are the requirements to sell my barbecue sauce or other bottle/jarred product to the public?
The product must be produced in an SCDA approved facility. A home or domestic kitchen is not acceptable. You will need to have the bottled/jarred/canned product analyzed by a processing authority. Most people use Clemson University in our state. Depending on the classification of the product, you may also be required to complete a FDA recognized Better Process Control School . You will also be required to register with the SC Department of Agriculture, have your retail labels reviewed and be inspected on a routine basis.We have a wonderful handout that can help you get started: Food Processor Guidelines. In, addition, please complete the Application for Registration Verification Certificate.
2. My backyard chickens are producing more eggs than my family can consume. What do I need to do in order to sell the extra eggs?
Eggs can be sold from the farm or place where they’re gathered without any further regulation. Eggs sold to other businesses or at locations other than where they’re produced, must be washed, graded, sized and properly labeled. An Egg License from the SC Department of Agriculture is required.
3. I would like to make my baked goods in my home and sell them at flea markets or farmers markets. What do I need to know?
The Cottage Food Law The approval of any operation as exempt from Regulation 61-25 is solely the responsibility of Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Food Protection Division (DHEC). Please contact DHEC @ 803-896-0640 regarding the Home Based Food Production Law (AKA the “Cottage Food Law”).
4. I have a few bee hives and would like to start selling the honey?
Beekeepers who produce no more than 400 gallons (4,800 lbs.) and wish to sell their honey directly to the end consumer can apply for a honey exemption from registration and inspection.
Beekeepers wishing to sell their honey to or at roadside markets, convenience stores, health food stores or other business will need to register with the SCDA and have their honey house inspected and approved by SCDA.
All honey sold to the public must be properly labeled.
5. My family raises rabbits. We would like to begin processing the rabbits and selling the meat to the public. What are the requirements?
The rabbits must be farm raised. The rabbits must be processed in an SCDA approved facility (see Food Processor Guidelines). You will need to register with SCDA. The meat must be properly labeled and your operation will be inspected on a routine basis.
6. I make raw juices and would like to sell them to the public. What are the requirements?
Raw juices cannot be sold wholesale to other businesses. Because of the nature of the product, SCDA does not permit raw juice producers who wish to sell at farmers markets. You will need to contact SC DHEC at 803-896-0640 in order to sell your juices at retail.
7. How do I request a Good Agricultural Practices/ Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) Food Safety Audit for on the farm or wholesale distribution/terminal warehouse?
Every applicant requesting a GAP/GHP audit must submit by fax a completed FV-237A request form to the SCDA-FSIS Fruit & Vegetable Grading & Inspection Service at 803-737-4667. For inquiries dial SCDA-FSIS Office 803-737-4588.
8. How do I get a Fruit or Vegetable Inspection?
Contact the SCDA- FSIS, F & V Grading and Inspection Service at 803-737-4588 or by faxing a completed FV-237 Inspection request form to 803-737-4667.
9. I recently purchased some produce and became sick. Who do I need to contact?
You need to contact the Food and Drug Administration at; http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/default.htm
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