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Q: Can I sell dog treats under this law?

A: Yes. Note that treats must be non-potentially hazardous, meaning they do not support the rapid growth of bacteria that would make people or pets sick when held outside of refrigerated temperatures. Only baked or dehydrated treats can be made under the cottage food exemption. Only treats for dogs or cats can be made and sold under this exemption, and they must be safe for the intended species. Some ingredients (for example, onions) may be toxic to cats or dogs and should not be added to pet treats. See the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s guidance document .

Q: Can I register my business?

A: Yes. An individual who qualifies for a cottage food exemption may organize their cottage food business as a business entity recognized by Minnesota state law. More information on legal Minnesota business entity structures can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State Office website . Also, see the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s guidance document .