Mississippi State Department of Health

Starting a Manufactured Food Business


Mississippi state law requires anyone who intends to operate a food establishment in the state to obtain a permit from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MS Code of 1972 §41-3-15).

Manufacturing facilities, processors, warehouses, re-packers, food vending companies, ice plants, and seafood processors are regulated by the Mississippi State Department of Health's Division of Food Protection.

The MSDH Division of Food Protection regulations have been adopted from the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as well as several portions of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21.

Prior to Licensing

Before opening a food business in Mississippi, there are several steps that need to be taken prior to the business becoming operational.

Next Steps

Links referenced
regulations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,77,60,html
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act    https://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/LawsEnforcedbyFDA/FederalFoodDrugandCosmeticActFDCAct/default.htm
Code of Federal Regulations    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfCFR/CFRSearch.cfm
Plan Review    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,77,311,html
Food Labeling Guide    https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm

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