The Manufactured Food Program licenses and inspects food manufacturers, food warehouses, and food brokers located in Minnesota.
- Wholesale food processors or manufacturers are firms that process or manufacture raw materials and other food ingredients into food items, or who reprocess food items, or who package food for sale to others for resale.
- Products or processes regulated by the Manufactured Food Program include, but are not limited to, bakeries (wholesale), sandwiches or other ready to eat foods, acid, low acid, or acidified foods, freezer plants, water bottlers or other beverages, alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, distilled spirits), sugar, honey, flour, food salvors, and cold storage warehouses.
- Firms that commercially slaughter animals or poultry and/or process meat or poultry items for resale, are required to be licensed by the MDA, however those products are regulated and inspected by our Meat Inspection Program or the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). Also included are firms that produce dairy products, including milk, cheese, ice cream, dried milk, etc. Dairy products are regulated and inspected by our Dairy Inspection Program.
- Wholesale food handlers are firms that sell to others for resale, such as warehouses.
- Food brokers are firms that buy and sell food and who negotiate between a buyer and a seller of food, but who at no time has custody of the food being bought and sold.
For additional information on licensing requirements, please visit our Licensing Wizard.
Manufactured Food Program food safety inspectors conduct unannounced inspections to determine safety of the food, compliance with the applicable regulations, and include review of the firm's facilities, sanitation, records, evaluation of process, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. They may collect food, water, or environmental water samples during inspections which are analyzed by the MDA's Laboratory Services Division. Some inspections are conducted under contract with the FDA.