Starting a Food Business in Minnesota

Pages: 100 (19017 words) Published: December 5, 2013
Starting a Food Business in Minnesota
2008

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by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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and Food Inspection, 625 Robert St. N, St. Paul, MN
55155-2538, or call us at: 651-201-6027, or visit our
website at: www.mda.state.mn.us

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Acronym Key:

DEED = Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development DOLI = Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
DPS = Minnesota Department of Public Safety
DPSV = Minnesota Department of Public Service
FDA = U.S. Food and Drug Administration
IRS = Internal Revenue Service
MDA = Minnesota Department of Agriculture
MDH = Minnesota Department of Health
MNDOR = Minnesota Department of Revenue
MNDOT = Minnesota Department of Transportation
MNSOS = Minnesota Secretary of State
MPCA = Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
SBA = Small Business Administration

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Table of Contents

Chaper 1.

Preliminary Considerations
Why do you want to start a food business? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Preliminary considerations checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Before you start a food business checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Business plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Summary for starting a food business checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Code compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Zoning/building code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Plan review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Remodeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Water supplies and sewage disposal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Local licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Minnesota Food Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Food manager certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Important reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Chaper 2.

Retail Food Business
Retail food establishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Bakeries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Food vending machines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Chapter 3. Food and Beverage Service Establishments
Catering services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Temporary food establishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Bed and breakfast establishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Chapter 4. Food Manufacturing Business
Obtaining a license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Inspections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Certificates of free sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Important reminders . . . . . . ....
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