Food Regulations

USDA Regulatory Compliance

USDA, Food Safety Inspection System

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.


USDA Small and Very Small Plants

USDA, Food Safety Inspection System

USDA’s portal to regulatory assistance for small and very small meat and poultry processors.


FDA Food Guidance and Regulation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA’s portal to guidance and regulatory information with links to Federal Register documents.


FDA Food Codes

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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.


Food Allergy Research and Resource Program

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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


Federal Agencies

Cornell Food Venture Center

Links to pertinent Federal Regulatory Agencies that are involved with regulations/enforcement of food regulations.


Foods and Standards Division

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Links to foods program, food licensing, and food processing


Bureau of Inspection and Regulation

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Laws relating to milk safety.



Quality Assurance and Regulation – Food Laws and Rules

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Links to Maine’s food laws and rules.




Massachusetts Health and Human Services

Massachusetts regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices, dairy, shellfish, and retail food service.


Regulations on Farm Products

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Food Protection

Includes food protection rules, food sanitation, produce safety, dairy sanitation, bottle beverages and water, and shellfish inspection.


NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food

NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

Includes laws and rules pertaining to shell eggs, maple and honey products, grading and marking potatoes, apples, and cider.


Rhode Island

Existing Food Regulations

State of Rhode Island, Department of Health

Portal for Rhode Island’s food regulations.  Be sure to click “more” for the full list.


Agricultural Regulations

RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture

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



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

VT Department of Health

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


VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Information on the sales of maple syrup, meat or dairy products.