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Cottage Food Laws in Minnesota [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Minnesota

Effective from July 1, 2023, registered Minnesota cottage food producers gained the allowance to ship cottage pet treats directly to consumers via mail or commercial delivery, marking a shift from the previous requirement for in-person exchanges. This amendment, however, solely applies to cottage pet treats, maintaining the prohibition on shipping cottage foods meant for human consumption, as outlined by the Cottage Food Law in Minnesota.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Minnesota Cottage Food Laws

The labeling requirements for food under the cottage food regulations in Minnesota: Your full name or business name and registration number/address used in the cottage food application; The date of production; A statement indicating that the products are homemade and not inspected by the state; A detailed list of ingredients, specifically highlighting allergens such as milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame. Additional guidance on labeling can be found in the cottage food training course.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Minnesota

The Cottage Food Law in Minnesota permits individuals to produce and sell specific low-risk foods without a license. Established in 2015 and updated in 2021, it outlines guidelines for training, registration, food types allowed, labeling requirements, permissible sales locations, and maximum sales amounts. The recent 2021 amendments notably raised the sales cap to $78,000 per registered individual, expanded the Tier 1 sales cap to $7,665 exempt from registration fees, added pet treats for dogs and cats as approved cottage foods, allowed business entity formation for cottage food businesses under state law, and mandated labeling with specific information including a statement asserting the homemade nature of the products.


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

This dashboard is provided as an informational resource and is not affiliated with the above department. While we strive to keep our information accurate and up to date, we do not claim to provide official legal advice or representations regarding cottage food laws or any other regulations. Laws and regulations can change frequently, and they can vary significantly by location. We encourage all users to consult their local health department or a legal professional to obtain the most current information and advice specific to their circumstances.

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