Different agencies in South Carolina regulate food products depending on the type of food and/or how they are distributed to the end consumer. The following questions will help you decide on which agency will regulate your food product. Contact information is provided with each agency so you can obtain more specific information about their regulations.
Contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Food Safety Division at 803-896-0640 or http://www.scdhec.gov/FoodSafety/
This requires a DHEC retail food establishment permit. Products for retail sale cannot be prepared in a home kitchen and rather require the use of a kitchen that meets all regulatory requirements (including State inspections). You will also need to provide additional information on the preparation method and may need to meet the requirements of the SC Department of Agriculture or the SC Meat and Poultry Inspection Department. Contact SC DHEC Food Safety Division at 803-896-0640 or http://www.scdhec.gov/FoodSafety/
Contact SC Meat and Poultry Inspection Department at 803-788-8732 or http://www.clemson.edu/public/lph/scmpid/
Contact SC DHEC Food Protection Dairy Division at 803-896-0644
Contact the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (for crustacean shellfish and finfish).
Contact DHEC Shellfish Sanitation (for molluscan shellfish)
Contact the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Tax and Trade Bureau at 800-398-2282 or http://ttb.gov/
Contact the SC Department of Agriculture – Food Safety and Compliance Program at 803-737-9700.