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Q: Is alcohol allowed to flavor a product?

A: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture allows alcohol to be used in cottage foods as a flavoring, as long as it is not more than one-half of one percent by volume. Note: “confections containing alcohol”, i.e. a candy filled with a liqueur filling, fall under their own section of the statute (31.76), and applies to only licensed Department of Public Safety facilities and therefore are not an allowable cottage food product. 

If a food DOES have more than one-half of one percent by volume, it is considered an alcoholic item and is regulated under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Products containing over one-half of one percent by volume percent alcohol are no longer allowable as a cottage food.

A cottage food producer should have a product flavored tested to ensure the final product contains no more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume.

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