Manufactured Food, Processors and Distributors
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If your are thinking about opening a manufactured food business, there are many regulatory requirements that you will need to meet. All manufactured foods begin with basic Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR 117, Section A-G) while others are specific to the particular food product being produced such as acidified foods, low-acid canned food, seafood, juice, and dietary supplements.
The information on this page provides a brief overview of the regulatory requirements that relate to staring a wholesale food business. In addition to the State of Nevada requirements, your business may be subject to federal, county and local requirements. These requirements will vary based on the type of facility you operate. If you are planning to operate a food business you may want to discuss your specific product and facility with the State of Nevada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Food Businesses Subject to FDA Regulation
FDA regulates all foods and food ingredients introduced into or offered for sale in interstate commerce, with the exception of meat, poultry and certain egg products regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Acidified Foods
- Low Acid Canned Foods
- Aseptic Processing of Foods
- Dietary Supplements
- Bottled Water
- Infant Formulas
Facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food that is intended for human or animal consumption in the United States must register with the the FDA before beginning these activities.
If the business imports products, the ingredients or final product crosses a state line or are conducting internet sales, you must register your facility. Be sure to carefully review the regulations to understand how they apply to your unique set of circumstances.
Examples of Food Businesses NOT regulated by the FDA:
- Retail Food establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants, fast food restuarants, cafeterias and mobile food vehicles
- Farmers Markets
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is transforming the nation’s food safety system by shifting the focus from responding to foodborne illness to preventing it. Congress enacted FSMA in response to dramatic changes in the global food system and in our understanding of foodborne illness and its consequences, including the realization that preventable foodborne illness is both a significant public health problem and a threat to the economic well-being of the food system.
FSMA Helpful Websites