Food and Food-Related Products/Beverages (includes ADHS Cottage Food Program, and Dietary Supplements)
If you are thinking about opening a food business, there are many regulatory requirements that you will need to meet. Some of these requirements apply to all food businesses, and some are specific to the particular food product, such as low-acid canned food, seafood, or juice. (21)
If your business will involve a food product, contact your county health/environmental services department regarding compliance requirements. Individuals involved in food processing, preparing, packaging, delivery, service, and handling of food products must abide by their county food handling training requirements. (21)
Food establishments may be required to have at least one licensed Certified Manager who has undergone more extensive food service training. Contact your county health/environmental services department for more information. (21)
Food Vending Cart/Food Wagon/Food Truck
Food vending carts, wagons and trucks must be inspected and permitted with the county health department where your business will be located. Contact your county health/environmental services department regarding compliance requirements. (21)
Non-meat Food Product or Fish and Light Game Products
Information regarding the production and processing of a non-meat food product or fish and light game products (llama, duck) is available on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. (16)
Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Regional Office, How to Start a Food Business, 510.637.3980
The Phoenix office of the FDA will answer questions after you have received and reviewed your packet from the regional FDA office.
Phoenix Residence Post of the FDA
51 W. 3rd Street, Suite E265, Tempe, AZ 85281
Local offices of the FDA: Tempe 480.829.7396 or Tucson 520.670.4765
Cottage Food Program
In 2011, the Arizona State Legislature changed the law, to allow residents to produce non-potentially hazardous baked and confectionery products in their homes and to offer them for commercial sale within the state. This law was amended in 2018. General guidance for this law and information about required food handling training in each county is available on the Arizona Department of Health Services website. (22)
Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Environmental Health, Cottage Food Program
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.364.3118 or [email protected]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are both responsible for the safety of drinking water. EPA regulates public drinking water (tap water), while FDA regulates bottled drinking water. (20)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. (16)
Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Dietary Supplement Programs: Dietary Supplements, Toll Free 1.888.SAFEFOOD, 1.888.723.3366 or or 240.402.2375
Arizona Food Marketing Alliance (AFMA): State trade non-profit association for the Food Industry in Arizona. AFMA represents all food retailers (Supermarkets, Convenience Stores and Independents) and their suppliers in all areas that are impacted by state and federal legislatures (taxes, fees, labeling, food safety etc.). AFMA is also at the table with individual cities representing the Industry's interests.
Arizona Restaurant Association: Dedicated to educating Arizona’s current restaurateurs and their employees on the industry’s latest trends, management techniques and regulations.
National Restaurant Association: Provides information on food service trends, consumer data, equipment and operations material, recipes, cooking techniques and many other industry related items.