The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) regulates food manufacturing facilities and warehouse distribution facilities to make sure that food is produced safely, meets quality standards, and is accurately labeled.
The Manufactured Food Program protects consumers' health by ensuring that food in Georgia is prepared in a clean environment and presented honestly and transparently. The program’s inspectors, known as processing specialists, conduct random, unannounced inspections of food manufacturing and warehouse distribution facilities throughout Georgia such as processing plants, wholesale bakeries, and bottled water and drink processors. (Facilities that process meat and poultry products are regulated by the GDA Meat Inspection Section and the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.) The inspectors collect food and water samples and review sanitation practices and product labels. All specialists have received advanced training in appropriate specialized processing operations.
All Georgia food manufacturers must test finished products and their ingredients. Every processing facility is assigned a risk category that determines how often testing must be conducted.
If test results show that a product contains poisonous or deleterious substances/contaminants, inform the GDA within 24 hours (even if the product is still in your control) at 404-657-4801 or email@example.com. You will probably need to report the results to the FDA and/or USDA as well.