Selling homemade beef jerky may seem like a simple task, but there is more to do than make the jerky and set out a sign. It is important that you are aware of, and abide by, all local, state and federal laws and ordinances that may apply to your new business. Since you will be dealing with the sale of food, there will be additional regulations that must be followed.
Contact your local licencing office to determine what permits you will need in order to legally sell your jerky. There may be town or county taxes that need to be paid, as well as state and federal.
Call your county's health inspector to find out about regulations. While making homemade beef jerky can be simple for personal use, running a business that deals with food will have to follow health standards that you may not follow in your home. For example, you may be required to have a kitchen separate from your home kitchen that is reserved for making the beef jerky.
Contact other beef jerky sellers in your state. Already established business owners will be able to let you know of any laws and regulations that you may not be aware of.
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