Purchasing food products from an approved supplier is the first step in ensuring safe foods to serve to customers. As a general rule, foods prepared or stored in a private home may not be used or offered for human consumption in a food establishment. As a purchaser of food products, you can ask the supplier to verify that their sources of supply are approved by the appropriate food regulatory agency.
Fluid Milk: Must be pasteurized.
Poultry, Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Goat: Must be U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) inspected.
Game Animals: Must be U.S.D.A., or Minnesota Department of Agriculture inspected.
Fish: Must be commercially and legally caught or harvested and approved for sale or service.
Fish Intended for Raw Consumption: Must be obtained from a supplier that freezes fish, or fish must be frozen on premises according to regulations.
Required Sources Continued: Raw and Frozen Shucked Shellfish:Must be commercially and legally harvested, and obtained in properly labeled containers.
Molluscan Shellfish: Must be commercially and legally harvested, and received in containers with proper labels or tags.
Shell Eggs: Must be Grade B or better. Shells must be intact.
Liquid, Frozen, or Dry Eggs, and Egg Products: Must be pasteurized.
Wild Mushrooms: Vendor must have letter of approval from the appropriate regulating authority to sell the wild mushrooms.
Canned Food Products: Must be purchased from a licensed food processor.
Dairy & Food Inspection Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org