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Dairy

FDA and USDA regulate dairy farms and milk. Milk producers, milk haulers, and milk processors are licensed separately, although they may be the same business. In Maryland, dairy businesses are licensed and inspected by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Office of Food Protection and...

Poultry and Rabbit

USDA has jurisdiction over poultry slaughter facilities in Maryland and they issue a "grant of inspection", not a license, which is continuous while the operation is in compliance. USDA FSIS has jurisdiction over and issues a grant of inspection for processors of over 20,000 poultry per year. Under...

Meat

Maryland does not license or inspect animal slaughter facilities. However Maryland does cooperate and collaborate with USDA FSIS to enforce and comply with federal regulations. USDA FSIS has jurisdiction over animal slaughter facilities and they issue a "grant of inspection", not a license, which...

Rules for Specific Foods

(Use the the navigation to the right to further explore Meat , Poultry and Rabbit , Dairy , Eggs , Baked Goods , Fruits and Vegetables , Cottage Food Business Law in Maryland and General categories.) Food processing regulations are specific to each type of food. Different agencies regulate...

Maryland

Maryland FAQs What Maryland agency or department is responsible for food safety? Food safety administration includes both food service and food processing. Food service is serving ready-to-eat food for consumption on premises or take-out. Food processing is production of food for commercial...

Local

Local health inspectors are the front lines of food safety. Local health departments are responsible for food safety regulation at the local level, including enforcement of federal and state regulations. Therefore it is very important for farmers and entrepreneurs to know a local health inspector’s...

State

A state department of agriculture is analogous to the USDA. A state department of public health is analogous to the FDA. Like the USDA and the FDA, state departments of agriculture and departments of public health often share jurisdiction over food quality, safety, sales, and marketing. State...

Federal

USDA and FDA share federal jurisdiction over food quality, safety, sales, and marketing. All food in “interstate commerce” — food produced in one state and sold in another state — must meet requirements of USDA and/or FDA. Food sold retail or wholesale must come from “an approved source” as defined...

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