Food Processing Establishment License



Agriculture and Markets, Department of State
Any business that sells packaged foods that are ready to eat needs a Food Processing Establishment License. This license is issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Food processing is defined as the processing of foods in any manner, such as:
  • manufacturing;
  • canning;
  • preserving;
  • freezing;
  • drying;
  • dehydrating;
  • juicing;
  • pickling;
  • baking;
  • brining;
  • bottling;
  • packing;
  • repacking;
  • pressing;
  • waxing;
  • heating or cooking; and
  • otherwise treating food in such a way as to create a risk that it may become adulterated if improperly handled.
Retail food stores that conduct any type of food preparation need licensing. Preparation methods include:
  • meat grinding or cheese slicing;
  • heating foods;
  • sandwich and beverage dispensing machines;
  • preparing sushi;
  • salad bars; and
  • other ready-to-eat exposed food packaging activities.

For more information, contact:

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Food Safety & Inspection Unit
10B Airline Drive
Phone: (518) 485-5326

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