Center for Food Processing


Welcome for the Center for Food Processing.  The Center for Food Processing assures the safety of food in Maryland. The Center is responsible for licensing and inspecting food processing facilities in the State. These facilities include wholesale food manufacturing plants, warehouses, canneries, soft drink and bottled water facilities, crabmeat plants, shellfish plants, and food transportation vehicles. To apply to operate as a new food processing or manufacturing plant, you must first submit a plan to the Center for Retail Food, Plan, and Process Reviews.

Once a plan has been approved, a pre-operating inspection is conducted at the facility.  After facility approval, an applicant receives and completes a license application.  Existing food processing facilities must comply with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Health-General, Title 21, Subtitles 1, 2, 3, and 12, and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.15.04.  Certain facilities may also have to comply with COMAR 10.15.01, 10.15.02, 10.15.07, and 10.15.10.  You may find these regulations at If you have questions or complaints regarding food processed or manufactured in Maryland, contact us at 410-767-8400. Questions or comments regarding unprocessed foods can also be directed to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Questions or comments regarding foods processed outside the state of Maryland can also be directed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

DHMH Discontinues Export Certificates

Effective July 1, 2017, DHMH will not provide export certificates.  Food processors wanting an Export Certificate or Free Sale Certificate should go to the FDA Online Export Certificate Application website.  For Certificates of Health, Certificates of Origin and Health, and GMP Certificates, please contact DHMH.  

Contact Us

Center for Food Processing
Plan and Process Reviews
6 St. Paul St, Ste. 1301
Baltimore, MD 21202