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For food processors

There are several steps to becoming licensed to start your food processing business. Different people and organizations are involved in each step.

Becoming a licensed acidified food processor

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an acidified food is a low-acid food with added acid or acid food(s) to obtain a pH of 4.6 or below, and a water activity greater than 0.85. Typical products include sauces, salsa, pickles, and some jams and jellies.


Licensing and regulations


  • Grow North - A resource and connection hub for Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneur ecosystem
  • Guide to Regulations for Local Food Entrepreneurs - Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
  • Starting a Food Business - Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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