Determine which regulations will apply to your proposed food product. Find your proposed food product here, then contact the relevant inspector to find out all the regulations you may be subject to. [Note: This contains contact information applicable to products made in Western North Carolina only].
FOOD SCIENCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
There are several good publications produced by the food scientists at NC State on food science for business owners that are important for anyone starting a food business to consult.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGULATED PRODUCTS
The Buncombe County Health Department is responsible for inspecting food establishments that prepare food directly for consumers. Contact David Mease at 828.250.6900 for more information and to get your catering or mobile cart permit.
PACKAGED PRODUCTS & GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES
For those producing and packaging food in jars, plastic bags and containers, frozen or refrigerated items, as well as baked goods, you may come under one or more of the following sets of regulations. Call your FDA Regulator for a ruling as to what regulations you must follow.
For Western North Carolina, the Food Regulatory Supervisor at North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is Susan Parrish at 919.733.7366.
LABELS MUST BE FDA-COMPLIANT
Unfortunately, NCDA is no longer reviewing labels for FDA labeling compliance. Much of the information is easily accessible from the FDA site: FDA food product labeling compliance.
Blue Ridge Food Ventures staff can offer assistance to help clarify issues you may have with your labels as well. This will save you a lot of money and headaches if you don't do them right the first time.
SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR ACIDIFIED FOODS
Due to their potentially hazardous nature, acidified foods such as pickles, tomato sauces, many hot sauces, and other such items must follow a special set of regulations.
- Learn more about FDA guidelines for acidified foods.
- “Pickle School”: NC State University regularly schedules special required classes on these federal regulations. Check their website often to see when and where the next class will be offered.
- Federal regulations regarding acidified foods:
- More on acidified foods here