The Minnesota Department of Agriculture enforces state laws designed to protect Minnesota's food supply from accidental or intentional contamination. Every dairy farm, feed mill, pet food manufacturer, grocery store, convenience store and food processing facility in Minnesota is inspected to verify quality, condition, labeling and sanitation.
MDA helps enforce state laws and regulations relating to dairy products, foods, meats, beverages, poultry and poultry products. Standards are enforced related to quality, condition, labeling, and advertising and for the sanitation of premises, equipment and vehicles used in the sale, storage or distribution of foods and beverages.
MDA works with other state agencies to inspect retail food stores, dairy farms, processing plants, breweries, distilleries, wineries, taprooms, tasting rooms and other related facilities. MDA also investigates complaints of questionable food products or sales practices.
Prevention is the key to food safety. MDA works with farmers, processors and retailers to improve and maintain their procedures to maximize food safety. MDA also works with other federal, state and local agencies to educate citizens about safe food-handling practices.
Learn about the MDA's role in food safety as we follow three food inspectors through a routine day.
All Minnesota retail food establishments are inspected and approved by the MDA before a food handler's license can be issued, Follow-up inspections are conducted on a routine basis, or more frequently if an establishment has a history of improper food handling.
Jennifer M. Stephes
Meat Inspection Supervisor
Meat Inspection Compliance Officer