Our Services

Process Approval

PROCESS APPROVAL FORM

PAYMENT FORM (IN-STATE)

Payment Form (Out-of-state)

Who needs it?

If you plan to process and package the food product yourself in a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen facility, you may need to get a process approval.

Why do you need it?

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) requires that certain types of food items (acidified) offered for sale within the State of Georgia have a letter of process approval from a certified food processing authority, like the UGA Extension Food Science specialists.

What is included in the service?

The process authority carefully examines the recipe, the methods used to prepare, package and store the item, and the food safety precautions required to produce a safe product. Once the process is approved, a letter of process approval is sent to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Then GDA will send a letter of process certification for the product to you.

How much do I pay?

The UGA Extension Food Science specialists offer process approval services to Georgia food businesses for  $150 per recipe.

Please open PDF with Adobe Reader, download, print, and email, fax, or mail completed Process Approval form. Please DO NOT email Payment Form; print and fax, or mail it.

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Product Classification

PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION FORM

PAYMENT FORM (IN-STATE)

Payment Form (Out-of-state)

Who needs it?

If you are not sure which category your product would belong to like an acid, acidified, jam & jelly, fermented etc, you need to apply for product classification.

Why do you need it?

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) requires that certain types of food items (acidified) offered for sale within the State of Georgia have a letter of product classification from a certified food processing authority, like the UGA Extension Food Science specialists.

What is included in the service?

The process authority carefully examines the recipe, the methods used to prepare, package and store the item, and the food safety precautions required to produce a safe product. Once the product is classified, a letter of classification is sent to the Georgia Department of Agriculture as well as to you. 

How much do I pay?

The UGA Extension Food Science specialists offer process approval services to Georgia food businesses for  $100 per recipe.

Please open PDF with Adobe Reader, download, print, and email, fax or mail completed Product Classification form. Please DO NOT email Payment Form; print and fax, or mail it.

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Nutrition Facts Panel

NUTRITION FACTS PANEL FORM

PAYMENT FORM (IN-STATE)

Payment form (out-of-state)

We don't provide NFP for alcoholic beverages or Nutritional Supplement. 

 

Why do you need it?

The federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires that packaged foods bear nutrition labeling unless they qualify for an exemption. A small business may be exempt from displaying the Nutrition Facts Panel if: (1) the annual gross sales of food to consumers is less than $50,000, (2) it has fewer than 100 employees, and (3) sales of fewer than 100,000 units per year. Note: If any nutrient content claim (e.g., “low fat”) or health claim is made on the labeling or advertising of the product, the small business exemption is not applicable.

Keep in mind, however, that wholesale buyers may require that the nutrition facts panel be on the product label. Also, if you are getting a large number of your food product labels printed, it will save time and money to design the label with the nutrition facts panel in place.

 

A separate nutrition facts panel is required for each size of container or package. The Extension Food Science specialists will provide a nutrition facts panel in digital format ready to put into your label for a nominal fee.

Please open PDF with Adobe Reader, download, print, and email, fax or mail completed NFP form. Please DO NOT email Payment Form; print and fax, or mail it.

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On-Site Consultation and Training

In-Plant HACCP Certification Programs: This is a service to assist with problems on deficiencies, sanitation problems, and product quality standards. A HACCP training workshop may be provided for quality assurance and supervisory personnel for a nominal fee.

In-Plant Food Safety or Sanitation Audit and Training: This consultation for a nominal fee is designed to provide insight and evaluation for plant efficiency improvements, regulatory compliance, and product safety. This may be followed by a comprehensive workshop for plant management and supervisors to develop further food safety measures.