Georgia Department of Agriculture

Rules & Regulations - Food Safety Division

The Commissioner of Agriculture is granted the authority to promulgate rules and regulations concerning the operations of the department and such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out and enforce the duties and responsibilities imposed upon him by law, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) § 2-2-7. Additionally, the Georgia Food Act (O.C.G.A. Title 26, Chapter 2) empowers the Commissioner to promulgate regulations for the efficient enforcement of the article. The Commissioner is authorized to make the regulations promulgated under this article conform, insofar as practicable, with those promulgated under the federal act (Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act), in § 26-2-34.

Basic Regulatory Requirements for Licensing Food Manufacturing/Processing Firms

Basic Regulatory Requirements for Retail Food Establishments

The Georgia Department of Agriculture's rules and regulations Chapter 40, Section 7 specifically deals with the manufacture and sale of food.  Chapter 40, Section 7 contains the following sub-sections:

40-7-1  Retail Food Sales

40-7-2  Additional Regulations Applicable To Salvageable Foods and Single Service Items

40-7-4  Additional Regulations Applicable to Crab Meat Plants

40-7-5  Additional Regulations Applicable to Retail Sale of Fresh and Frozen Seafood, Meat, Poultry and Other Foods from Mobile Vehicles

40-7-6  Additional Regulations Applicable to Commercially Bottled Water and Water Vending Machines

40-7-7  Additional Regulations Applicable to Pecans

40-7-8  Additional Regulations Applicable to Vidalia Onions

40-7-9  Additional Regulations Applicable to Manufacturers, Distributors, and Bottlers of Bottled Soft Drinks and Soft Drink Syrups

40-7-10  Additional Regulations Applicable to Nuts

40-7-11  Additional Regulations Applicable to the Sale of Meat by Weight and Food Service Contracts

40-7-12  The Handling, Storage, Shucking, Packing, Shipping and-or Sale of Shellfish

40-7-13  Additional Regulations Applicable to the Grading and Sales of Citrus Fruit

40-7-17  Additional Regulations Applicable to Organic

40-7-18  Manufactured Food Regulations - **Effective as of 9/16/2019.

40-7-19  Cottage Food Regulations

40-7-20  Produce Safety Regulations

Additional regulations for specific commodity and products include the following:    

Basic Regulatory Requirements for Licensing Honey Producers

Basic Regulatory Requirements for Licensing a Small Egg Producer

Georgia Egg Law and Supporting Regulations

Wholesale Seafood Law


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