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Michigan

Michigan’s cottage food laws are somewhat limited, but many people use them and they are still one of the most active cottage food states.

The number of allowed foods in Michigan are above average, in comparison with other states, but they are very specific about what is allowed.  Fortunately, there is no need to obtain a license, which makes it very easy to start a cottage food business.  However, the laws are still restricted in that sales are limited to $20,000 per year, and products may only be sold directly to the consumer.

Selling

Although online sales are not allowed, advertising products over the internet is fine.

Allowed Foods

Although vanilla extract and baked goods with alcohol are allowed, they have special licensing requirements.

Nut butters must be tested in a lab before being sold.

To check if a specific kind of product is allowed, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or [email protected]

Only "non-potentially hazardous" foods are allowed, but certain non-PHFs may not be allowed. Most foods that don't need to be refrigerated (foods without meat, cheese, etc.) are considered non-potentially hazardous. Learn more

Limitations

Sales are limited to $20,000 per year
Will increase to $25,000 in 2018

Business

Although there is no required application or procedures required to start a cottage food business, it is recommended that producers take an online food safety training course for $10.

It is also recommended that on-site water wells are checked annually for safety, and on-site septic systems should also be evaluated regularly.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" (11-point type)


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MI 73531


Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)


NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)


If any nutritional claim is made, it must adhere to the federal labeling requirements.

A PO box is not acceptable as a cottage food business address.

Resources

Contacts

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Email
[email protected]
Telephone
800-292-3939
Law Dates
July 2010
HB 5280
October 2012
HB 5130
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Comments

I want to be able to sell my product online. My product consists of dried foods that I will packaging. I will not be using a stove, oven, or fridge. Am I still required to work out of a commercial kitchen if I am literally only using counter space to prepare my product? It is a dessert mix consisting of only dried foods.

Hello,

if I am selling small cookies do I have to wrap each of them and provide the label one by one? I wanted to offer them from a basket, is there any opportunity to do so?

Thank you
Janet

Hello! I am trying to watch your training video and it tells me that it is private and requires a password. What steps do I need to follow to get a password for this?

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