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Please review the enclosed regulations before you complete your Application for a Food Processing Plant License:
Complete and send the Food Processor's Application and Attachments A, B, C, D, and E along with check or money order to:
Department of Agriculture
When WSDA receives your completed application and license fee, a Food Safety Officer will contact you and schedule a meeting with you to inspect your food processing facility.
Once the Food Safety Officer (FSO) has contacted you to meet with you at the facility, the initial inspection normally takes one to two hours. The FSO reviews all food handling and storage areas of your facility and inspects the product packaging and labeling. Before leaving the facility, the FSO will leave a copy of the inspection report with you. The inspection report will note any areas that require correction. At that time the inspector will also inform you of your licensing status (approved or denied). All subsequent inspections are unannounced visits and will occur every six to twelve months.
Licenses cover only those products, processes, and operations specified in the license application and approved for licensing by the FSO. When a licensed processor wishes to add another type of food product that is different than the products specified on their license, the licensee must submit to the Olympia office, an amendment stating the type of product along with the processing steps, and a copy of the label.
Processors must submit a Request for Amendment to Food Processor Application (PDF 37 KB) for the following situations:
License Issuance and Renewal
The Food Processor's License is non-transferable. If you sell your business, the new owners must apply for a new license. If you move to a new location you must apply for a new license for the new facility location. Please notify your inspector or the Olympia office if you sell your business or move to a new location.
All licenses expire June 30th of each year,
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