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Food Safety for Industry

Retail Food Establishment

Under South Carolina’s food safety laws, the term retail food establishment means any operation that prepares, packages, serves, processes, or otherwise provides food for human consumption, either on or off the premises, regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.

Operations/Stores/Events Included

  • Food service operations such as restaurants, delicatessens, snack bars, catering operations, ice cream parlors, school cafeterias, mobile food units including bases of operations, and temporary food operations such as fairs, carnivals or special events lasting more than 14 consecutive days.
  • Retail food store - operations that process meat, meat products, or other potentially hazardous food, such as, but not limited to, grocery stores, retail meat markets, and fish and seafood markets. (A separate food service facility operating within a retail food store may be evaluated independently from the retail food store.)

All retail food establishments must obtain a Retail Food Establishment Permit.