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.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture registration and regulation information.
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.
How to apply for registration and a plan review
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.