Refrigerated or Frozen Fruit/Vegetable Product

To sell refrigerated or frozen products:

  • Call the Vermont Department of Health to ensure you have the proper license (802) 863-7221
  • Ensure that the manufacturing facility is registered with the FDA (currently optional, but must comply by 2020).
  • Contact your Regional Permit Specialist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure you have the proper wastewater permit
  • Food producers must follow Good Manufacturing Practices, the federal regulation for food manufacturing

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) from the FDA is starting to require a Preventive Controls and food safety plan from food businesses.  The compliance dates vary according to the size of your business. Very Small Businesses (less than $1 million in sales) have a compliance date of August 30, 2018.  Very Small Businesses and Qualified Facilities (selling less then $500,000 per year and at least half of the sales from customers within a 275 mile range) can qualify for modified requirements.  There are also exemptions for on-farm processing for particular products (listed on page 21 of this document).