Non-Potentially Hazardous Foods Guidance

Non-Potentially Hazardous Food Guidance for Humans

As of July 1, 2015, cottage food producers can sell non-potentially hazardous (NPH) foods made in their home kitchens, without a license (Minnesota Statute 28A.152). However, you must first register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in order to sell these foods. Non-potentially hazardous (NPH) foods are foods that do not support the rapid growth of bacteria that would make people sick when held outside of refrigerated temperatures. These are the types of foods the Minnesota Cottage Foods Law exempts from licensing. MFMA and MNCFPA have worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Team to compile this list.

This document is offered as a guideline. Cottage food producers are responsible for ensuring their products meet the legal requirements of the law. If a food item is not on this list, contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture: MDA.CottageFood@state.mn.us or 651-201-6081.

Human Cottage Food NPH Guidance Document 08.18.2021


Cat and Dog Pet Treat Non-Potentially Hazardous Food Guidance

Additional legislative changes were passed (Minnesota Statute 28A.152) in 2021 to include the addition non-potentially hazardous cat and dog pet treats (Minnesota Statute 25.391), with an effective date of August 1, 2021.

This document is offered as a guideline. Cottage food producers are responsible for ensuring their products meet the legal requirements of the law. If a food item is not on this list, please contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture: MDA.FFSDPetFood.MDA@state.mn.us or 651-201-6221.

Cat and Dog Treat NPH Guidance Document 08.19.21