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Home Baking Business Regulations

For Your Dog Bakery Business

Home baking business regulations may not be the most exciting part of starting a dog bakery business, but it is important that you understand and follow the government rules.

In fact, researching the regulations for your dog bakery, is one of the very first steps in the process of starting your bakery business.

Don't neglect this important step!
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Pet Bakery Requirements

Here are the basics of what you can expect:

  • In most cases, you will have to file forms with government agencies, have dog treats analyzed, and apply for licenses.
  • When dealing with the government, you will need to allow extra time, as the process can be very slow. And you may need to follow-up with government agencies, to hurry the process along…
  • In most cases, you can expect to have your kitchen inspected. Your kitchen must be clean and pest-free.
  • In some states you will have to collect taxes on any sales that you make.

Lastly, your packaging must be food safe, which means that it has been approved for food use, by the FDA.

You’ll need to research your local dog bakery
business regulations, before starting your bakery.
You need to know the rules and regulations of a dog treat bakery.

Home bakery regulations vary from one municipality to another. A good way to get started, is to inquire at the state level, and also at the county or city level (US).

The rules will be somewhat different, if you live in a country other than the U.S. You will just have to see what is required for your area.

Most importantly, you need to make sure that you are in compliance.

Dog bakery business start-up guide, Bake a Dog a Bone

Regulations often require you to analyze
the nutritional value of the dog treats that you sell.

Regulations often require you to analyze the nutritional value of dog treats you sell.

Your Bakery Label

In most countries, you will be required have a bakery label on your packages and to put specific information on the bakery label.

At the very least, you will need to include:

  • the name of your company
  • your address (a post office box is usually acceptable)
  • phone number or way to contact you
  • the ingredients in the product
  • the nutritional breakdown of the ingredients

Make sure that you are not too relaxed about this area. You can’t wait until the very last minute to address the legal requirements, or you may have to delay the opening of your bakery. There could be unexpected delays in approvals, etc. As in any other business, time is money!

For details on government regulations and what is required, I recommend that you get a copy of Bake a Dog a Bone bakery start-up guide. You’ll learn all about how to deal with regulatory agencies like AAFCO, FDA, CVM and DSHEA and lots more...

This guide is the most professional and thorough manual that I’ve found, for starting your own dog treat bakery!

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Photo of treats by Ruth Ellison, Canberra, Australia, flckr

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