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Retail Food

The Retail Food Program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) regulates and monitors food retailers (grocers, convenience stores, bakeries, markets, etc.) and cottage/home-kitchen food producers. 

Programs in this area


Retail food stores include grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, seafood operations, salvage food operations, mobile meat trucks, and rolling stores.

Cottage Food

Cottage foods, also known as home-kitchen foods, are produced and packaged by a cottage food vendor in a kitchen and prepared for direct sale by that vendor.

Egg Candling

Georgians who want to produce and offer for sale shell eggs must obtain an egg candling certificate in order to sell their eggs at retail to the end consumer.