Tom Wolf, GovernorRussell Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

HACCP - Seafood and Juice Processing

Food Establishments under this program would include, a building ,or place or portion thereof, or vehicle maintained, used or operated for the purpose of commercially manufacturing, processing, storing, or distributing seafood and juice products for human consumption. 

Proprietors intending to operate seafood or juice manufacturing, warehousing, processing, storage or any other type of seafood or juice wholesale food operation must apply to the Department for a Food Registration under The Food Safety Act of 2010 (3 C.S ยงยง5721 - 5737) prior to operation.  Establishments registered with the Department can state "Reg. Penna. Dept. of Agr." on their product labeling.  Only PDA registered establishments may use this statement.


All registered facilities pay a $35 registration fee. No exceptions.  

There are no fees associated with obtaining a Shellfish Certification.

Seafood, Shellfish and Juice related food wholesalers/processors must be inspected and be found in compliance before the Department can issue a Registration.  Seafood and Juice related food establishments must have training related to HACCP and have developed HACCP plans to be compliant with the regulations.  Information on Seafood HACCP and training and information for Juice HACCP and training are available through FDA (Food & Drug Administration).

 How to Apply:

Juice and Seafood:  Proprietors should fill out an "Application for Wholesale Food Establishments, Processing/Manufacturing, Warehouse/Distribution" found at the bottom of this page under FORMS.

Shellfish ONLY: If Shellfish is the only product you handle, please fill out "Application for Wholesale Shellfish Facility-Plan Review" found at the bottom of this page under FORMS. If you have Shellfish in combination with Juice and/or Seafood, see above. Shellfish, Intra and Interstate Program


Once registered with the Department as a wholesaler, processor, manufacture, or distributor a renewal application for your registration will sent annually via USPS approximately 45 days prior to expiration of the current registration. You will be required to return this renewal along with a $35 dollar registration fee prior to the expiration of your current registration.

Once a Shellfish Certification has been issued, all certifications expire on October 31st.  Each year shellfish certifications will be renewed as long as the last shellfish inspection prior to Oct 31st is in compliance with regulations found in Title 7, Chapter 49 and the NSSP Model Ordinance. If the proprietor does not wish to renew their shellfish certification, they should contact the Program Specialist.

If you have lost your current registration and need replacement or your renewal application was lost or not received, please contact a licensing clerk at 717-787-4315 for assistance or print and return the "Registration Renewal -Wholesaler" found at the bottom of this page under FORMS. 


Robert Hein
Program Specialist
(717) 787-5107
Sheri Morris
Program Manager
(717) 787-5289

This Item Also Applicable To

>ready >set >grow