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Foods that are packaged fall under the inspection of the  Department of Agriculture.  Prepared foods that are served fresh are regulated by the Georgia Department of Community Health and falls to the county health departments.  Sharon Kane is the Public Service Associate and Food Business Development Specialist for the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at UGA, and is great resource for questions in this area.  Her number and e-mail are 706-542-9809 and spkane@uga.edu. Some food products are exempt from inspection and licensing required by the Georgia Food Act. These include jams, jellies and baked goods sold at farmers markets sponsored by governments or nonprofits.

Low Acid and Acidified Foods

Successful completion of a Better Process Control School and a Food Sales Establishment License is required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to process and sell low acid and acidified (made acid, like pickles).  Low acid foods include all vegetables.