Food Establishment Licenses

The Division of Food Safety and Inspection is responsible for the licensing and inspection of food establishments operating in the following capacities:

The terms “food” and “food product” shall include ALL articles of food, drink, confectionery or condiment, whether simple, mixed or compound, used or intended for use by humans or animals, and shall also include ALL substances or ingredients to be added to food for anypurpose. This definition shall be construed as including chewing gum


FDA -- The Food Modernization Act  (FSMA)

PDF -- The Food Modernization Act (FSMA)


Article 20-C Food Processing establishments:

 Who's Required:

 Retail food establishments i.e. grocery stores, that conduct any type of food preparation such as meat or cheese grinding, heating foods, sandwich making, operate beverage dispensing machines, prepare sushi, salad bars, or other ready to eat exposed food packaging activity.

* If you are a food establishment that processes and sells retail, you only need Article    20-C license.

PART 276
Subject to Regulation Under Article 20-C of the Agriculture and Markets Law

Section 276.4 Exemption.

(a) Maple syrup and honey. Processors of maple syrup or honey who do
not purchase maple syrup or honey from others for repackaging, and who
do not combine maple syrup or honey with any other substance, shall be
*exempt* from the licensing requirements of this Subchapter, provided
that the following conditions are met:

(1) Such establishments are maintained in a sanitary condition and
manner, and to this end the following requirements shall be complied
    (i) Every practicable precaution shall be taken to exclude birds,
    insects (except those involved in the production of the product),
    rodents and other vermin and animals from the premises of the
    (ii) The use of insecticides, rodenticides and other pest control
     items in such establishments shall be permitted only under such
     precautions and restrictions as will prevent the contamination of the
    (iii) Rooms, compartments, places, equipment and utensils used for
    preparing, storing or otherwise handling the product, and all other
    parts of the operating premises, shall be kept in a clean and sanitary
    (iv) There shall be no handling or storing of materials which may
    create insanitary conditions in any place or places where the product
    is prepared, stored or otherwise handled.
   (v) All equipment and utensils used in processing or handling the
    product shall be maintained in good repair to assure sanitary
   conditions in the operation.
   (vi) All finished product containers must be clean, sanitary and
   properly labeled in compliance with the requirements of Parts 175, 176
   and 259 of this Title.





Description of Food Processing...


Download the Application for Food Processing Establishment Licence





*Home Processing Law,  Section 276.3 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations states in part that "Home processed food . . . shall mean any food processed in a private home or residence using only the ordinary kitchen facilities of that home . . . but shall exclude potentially hazardous food…"

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NYS Food Labeling Info pdf




*NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets Web Site


 New York State Law

                                          AGM - Agriculture and Markets



 *Section 206. Relative to selling a commodity in imitation or semblance of honey

No person or persons shall package, label, sell, keep for sale, expose or offer for sale, any article or product in imitation or semblance of honey depicting thereon a picture or drawing of a bee, beehive or honeycomb, or branded as "honey," "liquid or extracted honey," "strained honey" or "pure honey" which is not pure honey.


No person or persons, firm, association, company or corporation, shall manufacture, sell, expose or offer for sale, any compound or mixture branded or labeled as and for honey which shall be made up of honey mixed with any other substance or ingredient.


There may be printed on the package containing such compound or mixture a statement giving the ingredients of which it is made; if honey is one of such ingredients it shall be so stated in the same size type as are the other ingredients, but it shall not be packaged, sold, exposed for sale, or offered for sale as honey; nor shall such compound or mixture be branded or labeled with the word "honey" in any form other than as herein provided; nor shall any product in semblance of honey, whether a mixture or not, be sold, exposed or offered for sale as honey, or branded or labeled with the word "honey," unless such article is pure honey.


 A product which is in semblance or imitation of liquid honey shall be labeled as "honey flavored syrup" or "artificially honey flavored syrup", as is appropriate.