Regulations for Food Processing


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Regulations for Food Processing

Regional Markets Program Lead: Laura Raymond
General Phone: (206) 256-6157 
smallfarms@agr.wa.gov

19. WSDA Food Processor License and Facilities


Many small and direct marketing farms are adding value to their raw products by canning, freezing, drying, dehydrating, cooking, pressing, powdering, packaging, baking, heating, mixing, grinding, churning, separating, extracting, cutting, fermenting, eviscerating, preserving, jarring, slaughtering, smoking and other forms of food processing.

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20. Cottage Food Permit


In 2011 the Washington State Legislature passed a Cottage Food Law that makes it possible for farmers and food businesses to sell products made in an inspected home kitchen instead of in a commercial kitchen. Products sold with the new "Cottage Food Permit" must be considered "low risk" and can only be sold directly to the end consumer at places such as farmers markets, farm stands and seasonal events (e.g., harvest festivals).

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21. Food Product Recalls


No farm or food processor ever wants to have a recall of one of their products. However, when an unsafe food product has left the control of the producer, it must be removed from the marketplace. The process of removing the product is called a recall. Therefore, it�s helpful to know what you can do to avoid a recall altogether. And, in the unfortunate event that it does happen, it helps to have a "recall plan" in place and know what to do.

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22. FAQ on the Food Safety Modernization Act


The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 passed the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA, as the legislation is known, is the first comprehensive update to federal food safety laws since 1938.

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