Georgia Department of Agriculture

Food Safety Division

Natalie Adan
Division Director
Tele: (404) 656-3627

Our Food Safety Division administers state laws, rules and regulations for retail and wholesale grocery stores, retail seafood stores and places in the business of food processing and plants which are currently required to obtain a license from the Commissioner under any other provision of law. This includes bakeries, confectioneries, fruit, nuts and vegetables stores and places of business, and similar establishments, mobile or permanent, engaged in sale of food primarily for consumption off the premises. This does not include "food service establishments" (Restaurants and Institutions).
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Sign up for Recall Email Alerts

The GDA Food Safety Division sends out weekly email alerts for recalls impacting the State of Georgia. You can sign up for recalls of both food and/or feed (specifically pet food/treats and animal feed products). To add your email to either of these lists, please click HERE. (You can update your subscription at any time to change your preferences.)


Fall Food Safety

Avoid spiking your apple cider with foodborne illness-causing pathogens! While cider is simple to make, there are a few precautions to ensure it is safe to drink: Never use apples from the ground, always use freshly harvested apples (within 24 hours of picking); always (always!) pasteurize your cider by bringing it to a boil before consuming it; and refrigerate after boiling. Freshly made apple cider can be safely stored in your fridge for up to 7 days. For more on safely making your own apple cider click here, via UGA Cooperative Extension. Also read our article, “Falling for Cider: Food Safety Knowledge for a Delicious, Seasonal Beverage,” by clicking here.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, watch our holiday food safety VIDEO on cooking your turkey! Click here to see the YouTube video. Beginning with thawing techniques, to the cooking process and how to check internal temperature, this video will ensure consumers prevent a side of food poisoning with their turkey entree. Great even for veteran chefs, these reminders are always good to watch before the busy holiday season kicks off. Share with your friends and on social media!


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