Did the HD guy exclude your vac sealer from a commercial kitchen on inspection? Wow! That is pretty hard core. Since the food never actually touches the machine in the case of a vacuum sealer, this is normally not an issue. But, hey, the HD can rule as they like.
Commercial sealers can be had for around $1000 if you search. The device should require only NSF certification to be considered a 'commercial sealer'.
As for his comment about 'getting licensed' to use it. I've NEVER heard of that. Is he implying that there is a separate 'use license' required to operate a commercial vacuum sealer in your county? I would look for clarification on this issue. Not saying that the HD guy is wrong, but Holy Cow, that is about as Nazi like as I have EVER heard.
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