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.
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.
- If you will be using a private water source, contact the MSDH Bureau of Water Supply: 601-576-7518.
- If you have an on-site wastewater system, contact the MSDH Division of On-site Wastewater to ensure that your system can accommodate the output from your operations: 601-576-7150.
- Submit a Plan Review early to ensure your operation meets the basic regulatory requirements.
- Ensure that label(s) on all food product(s) are accurate and meet the regulatory requirements. Refer to the FDA's Food Labeling Guide for additional guidance on labeling your product. A final, finished product label is required prior to a food facility becoming licensed and operational.