The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services is responsible for enforcing food regulations and inspecting food establishments. Working closely with a PDA sanitarian as early as possible in your business development can save you time and money.
Contact your nearest PDA office for questions on Pennsylvania food regulations.
Establishments under this program would include, a building, or place or portion thereof, or vehicle maintained, used or operated for the purpose of commercially storing, packaging, making, cooking, mixing, processing, bottling, baking, canning, freezing, packing or otherwise preparing or transporting or handling food.
How to apply for registration and a plan review
“Limited food establishments” may include, but are not limited to: Warehousing (storing) food on a residential property, Processing/handling food from a home -residential kitchen,
Processing/handling food in a residential-style kitchen (not meeting regulatory standards), in alternate locations, such as a church, fire hall, or remodeled garage area or out-building.
Form for registering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Food safety and sanitation requirements for retail food establishments.
PA Code Title 7 Chapter 46. Adopted December 12, 2003
Setting up a food-processing business in your home has advantages and disadvantages. You can make your own schedule and cut commuting expenses. On the other hand, there may be added costs involved in getting your kitchen up to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) sanitary standards, and working at home will definitely impact your family—just ask any successful entrepreneur.
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Food safety standards for Pennsylvania small-scale producers of beef, pork, sheep, goat, poultry, rabbit, game and exotic meats. Penn State University. Updated June 2011.