Food Sampling Permit FAQs

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Q. What is a food sampling permit?

A. This permit is issued to a person who is distributing food for the sole purpose of introducing the consumer to a food product or drink, method of cooking or piece of equipment.

Q. Who can get a food sampling permit?

A. This permit allows only vendors with a state food distribution permit or food manufacturing license to sell processed foods, unless a license exemption is provided.

Q. Can I use this permit for multiple events or locations?

A. Yes.

Q. Can I use my permit for multiple events at the same time?

A. No. The permit must be posted at the time of the event in a location that is obvious to the public.

Q. How big is a food sample?

A. Food samples shall be limited to bite-sized portions not to exceed 2 oz. per sample.

Q. Can I prepare food onsite with my food sampling permit?

A. No. Any processed foods must be pre-packaged and properly labeled.

Q. What food safety temperature requirements exist for a food sampling permit?

A. Cold food must be held at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and hot food must be held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. All potentially hazardous food samples shall be disposed within four hours after being removed from active temperature control.

Q. How long is a food sampling permit valid?

A. The permit is valid from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 and must be renewed each year.

Q. Can I give samples of the food I used in demonstrating my method of cooking or piece of equipment?

A. No. Food prepared during demonstrations cannot be sampled under this permit. Food samples must be prepared at a permitted facility.