I'm creating a dessert mix and I hope to bring it to retail sometime in 2017. I am going to get a food permit and rent out a commercial kitchen space here in Florida. I wanted to bring my dessert mix to retail and hope to achieve purchase orders from retail stores, but I'm seeking guidance on what I need to do. I will purchase product liability insurance. But, I am unsure about a certificate of analysis'. For example, should I receive certificate of analysis' for all of the individual ingredients that I am using from each supplier? Or, after I make the mix in the commercial kitchen and repackage myself should I then send it off to a laboratory for testing and create my own COA from them? Is this all even needed for dessert mixes in stores, or are there any other major requirements that I should learn/know about? Please your honest feedback is truly appreciated, and if you happen to have a recommended books in this field for beginners please let me know as well.
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