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Federal Regulations

Source
Title
Description

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Homepage USDA is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged, as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act.

U.S. Department of Agriculture FSIS

HACCP & HACCP Implementation General information about HACCP as well as model plans for a variety of products
U.S. Department of Agriculture FSIS Labeling and Consumer Protection Source for explanation of labeling terminology, requirements and applications.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Contact:
Food and Drug Administration
Northeast Regional Office
One Montvale Ave
Stoneham , MA 02180
781-587-7500

FDA Homepage The FDA is responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This applies to foods produced domestically, as well as foods from foreign countries. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act are the Federal laws governing food products under FDA's jurisdiction.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA Food Codes

Local, state, tribal, and federal regulators use the FDA Food Code as a model to develop or update their own food safety rules and to be consistent with national food regulatory policy. Check with your state regulatory agency for the version that is used.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Guidance, Compliance & Regulatory Information Includes links to Food Labeling Guide, plant products, seafood and food ingredients.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Guidance Documents Includes link to recently added guidance documents on a variety of topics.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) Includes food GMPs.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Registration of Food Facilities How to register your food facility with FDA.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Prior Notice of Imported Food How to register the importation of food with FDA.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Compliance & Enforcement Compliance program manual and regulatory procedures manual.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Shell Egg Producer Registration Instructions on how to register as a shell egg producer with FDA.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Ingredients and Packaging Includes additives, food contact substances, and GRAS substances.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Labeling & Nutrition Includes general information and recent announcements.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Information on food safety programs, allergens and HACCP.
Legal Information Institute Cornell Law School Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Title 29 Chapter 20 Link to US Code Materials on Labor Title 29 Chapter 20 Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection

University of Nebraska

Food Allergy Research and
Resource Program

Information and resources on the importance of food allergens allergen awareness, testing and prevention.

   

State Regulations

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Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont

Source
Title
Description

Connecticut
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CT Department of Agriculture

Regulation and Inspection

Access to regulations for dairy, milk, eggs, apples and issues related to domestic animals.

CT Department of Consumer Protection

Chapter 418* Uniform Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

Connecticut ’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

CT Department of Public Health

Local health departments

Contact information for local boards of health by county and/or town.

CT Department of Public Health

Food Protection Program

State food safety regulations and information

Regulations concerning catering, food stores, intinerants and food services.


Maine
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ME Department of Agriculture

Quality Assurance and Regulation

Access to links for Maine laws and regulations for agriculture and animals as well as standards and permits for food and agricultural products.

ME Department of Agriculture

Statutes and Rules

Links to Maine rules and standards for food, beverages, apples, eggs, potatoes, maple products for agricultural products.

ME Department of Agriculture

Licenses and Permits

Links forms/applications needed for food operations such as home food, bakery, beverage,,cider, food processing, warehousing.

ME Department of Health

Well Water Quality

Guidelines and references on drinking water.


Massachusetts
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MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Regulations on Farm Products

Links to Massachusetts regulations on fairs, animals (including cattle, poultry and pigs) and commodities such as milk, seeds, apples and potatoes .

 

MA Department of Public Health Food Protection Program

 

Food Regulations

Links to Massachusetts regulations for food establishments, good manufacturing practices, emergency control, meat and poultry slaughtering and processing, fish and fishery products, milk products, bottled water, frozen desserts, dietetic foods, labeling and food quality.

MA Department of Public Health Food Protection Program

Food Processing Regulations

Links to Massachusetts regulations for food salvage, labeling, wholesale processing or distribution and water quality.

Consumer affairs

Chapter 93A

Regulation of Business Practices for Consumers Protection


New Hampshire
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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

Laws and Rules

Links to New Hampshire statutes and rules for animals, apples, cider, eggs, maple products, milk and dairy products.

NH Department of Health & Human Services

Bureau of Food Protection

NH Laws, Rules and Policies

Links to New Hampshire statutes and rules for milk and milk products, food and beverage sanitation and food services.


Rhode Island
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RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture

Agricultural Regulations

Includes regulations and forms for shell eggs, organic branding, domestic and imported animals.

RI Department of Health

Retail Food

Links to Rhode Island regulations for frozen desserts, retail food establishments, catering, food processing.

RI Department of Health

 

Dairy Industry Program

Regulations and license application for milk and frozen desserts

RI Department of Health

Shellfish Inspection Program

Shellfish guidelines, license application and HACCP guidelines and forms

RI Department of Health

Office of Public Drinking Water

Provides links to regulations and testing for public and private water quality

RI Department of Labor and Training

Labor Market Information

Includes information on wages and hour laws.


Vermont
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Vermont Legislature

Vermont Agriculture Statutes Online

Lists links to statutes including apples, eggs, frozen desserts, dairy and milk products, irradiation of food, livestock, processing, maple products, potatoes, water quality, and additional resources and association for commodities and businesses.

VT Department of Agriculture Food and Markets

Vermont Dairy Regulations

Links to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and the Vermont Rules for Selling Raw Milk from the Farm.

VT Department of Agriculture Food and Markets Meat Inspection Regulations Links to Retail Inspection Regulations and Preparation of Livestock and Poultry Products
VT Department of Agriculture Food and Markets Consumer Protection Section Contains information on the following inspection programs: ag product retail, apples, poulty and egg, weights and measures, as well as licensing and registration.
VT Department of Agriculture Food and Markets Maple Laws and Regulations Vermont Maple Laws and Regulations

VT Department of Health

Guide to Operating a Food and/or Lodging Establishment in Vermont

Includes links to License Application, Fees, Regulations, Guidelines for Food Service, Loding, Food Establishments, and Bakeries

VT Department of Health

Shellfish Sanitation Rules

74-page shellfish rules (pdf)