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Q: Is crumbled bacon an allowed topping for cupcakes?

A: Generally meats are not allowed ie. pork chops, hamburgers, jerky, etc. However, the statute references potentially hazardous foods in the Minnesota Food code and there is an exception--commercially prepared shelf stable bacon is not potentially hazardous because the pH or water activity puts them into a non potentially hazardous status. Topping cupcakes with cooked bacon from a commercial source (not homemade bacon) would be allowed, if the entire product meets the non-potentially hazardous parameters of: a pH less than or equal to 4.6 or water activity less than or equal to 0.85. The muffin must consist of less than 2% by weight of cooked bacon otherwise a license would be required.

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