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Massachusetts Retail Food Code 

Learn about the new Retail Food Code and see its supporting documentation.

Food safety recalls & news alerts 

Resources for federal food safety information

Apply for a permit to sell or distribute bottled water or carbonated nonalcoholic beverages in Massachusetts 

In-state and out-of-state manufacturers must have a permit from the MA Food Protection Program to sell or distribute bottle water or carbonated non-alcoholic beverages in Massachusetts.

Apply for a Certificate of Health and Free Sale & Export Statements 

You must have a Health and Free Sale certificate or Export Statement from the Food Protection Program to comply with food processing facility inspection requirements.

Apply for a license to process meat and poultry 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to process meat and poultry in Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to transport bakery products into Massachusetts for the purpose of sale 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to transport bakery products into the Massachusetts for the purpose of sale.

Apply for a license to transport frozen desserts and/or ice cream mix into Massachusetts for the purpose of sale 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to to transport frozen desserts and/or ice cream mix into Massachusetts for the purpose of sale.

Apply for a seafood dealer permit 

You must have a dealer permit to sell raw fish, shellfish, lobsters, or bait. You may also be subject to inspection from the Department of Public Health.

Apply for a permit to manufacture bottle water or carbonated nonalcoholic beverages as a Massachusetts Manufacturer 

You must have a permit from the Food Protection Program to manufacture bottle water or carbonated nonalcoholic beverages intended to be sold and distributed inside Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to operate a food or beverage vending machine 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to operate a food and/or beverage vending machine.

Apply for a license to operate a Water Vending Machine (WVM) 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to operate a WVM.

Apply for a license to process poultry within scope of Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU) pilot 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to process meat and poultry within a MPPU in Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to manufacture, distribute, and/or sell methyl or wood alcohol 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to manufacture, distribute, and/or sell methyl or wood alcohol in Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to manufacture and sell stuffed toys, bedding, upholstered furniture, and related products 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to manufacture and sell stuffed toys, bedding, upholstered furniture, and related products in Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to engage in the sterilization or sanitation of bedding, upholstered furniture, and filling materials 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to engage in the sterilization or sanitation of bedding, upholstered furniture, and filling materials in Massachusetts.

Apply for a license to use dogs or cats in research and education 

You must have a license from the Food Protection Program to use dogs or cats in research and education.

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