Who Regulates the Food I Sell?
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/
Are you planning to manufacture, package and sell your food product wholesale to other businesses (stores, distributors, etc.)?
Does it contain more than 3% raw or 2% cooked beef, pork, chicken or lamb (except rabbit, which is regulated by SCDA)?
Contact SC Meat and Poultry Inspection Department at 803-788-8732 or http://www.clemson.edu/public/lph/scmpid/
Is your product cheese, grade A dairy, soft drink or water product?
Contact SC DHEC Food Protection Dairy Division at 803-896-0644
Is your product seafood?
Contact the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (for crustacean shellfish and finfish).
Contact DHEC Shellfish Sanitation (for molluscan shellfish)
Is your product an alcoholic product?
Contact the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Tax and Trade Bureau at 800-398-2282 or http://ttb.gov/
Is your product any other type of food product not listed above?
Contact the SC Department of Agriculture – Food Safety and Compliance Program at 803-737-9700.