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Safe food sampling for vendors

Offering samples is a great way to promote your products. The 2014 Safe Food Sampling law (Minnesota Statute 28A.151) allows farmers market vendors to offer samples.

Although you don’t need a food license, you must follow Minnesota food code requirements for Special Event Food Stands (4626.1855, B-O and Q and R).

Safe food sampling practices


Checklist for safe food sampling at farmers markets

This checklist outlines the requirements of the 2014 Safe Food Sampling law (MN Statute 28A.151). Vendors and food demonstrators preparing and serving food samples must follow the ‘special event food stand’ regulations (4626.1855). No food license is required for product sampling per MN Statute 28A.151.


Authors: Morrine Omolo, Extension food safety specialist, Kathy Brandt and Suzanne Driessen

Reviewed in 2022

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