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Indiana

Indiana’s laws are restrictive in that sales are only allowed at farmers markets and roadside stands.  Aside from that, however, the laws are quite lenient.  They allow for any food below a certain pH value or water activity level, which basically allows nearly any kind of non-potentially hazardous food.  There is no registration, fees, or process to get setup, and there is no limitation to how much a vendor can sell.

Selling

A vendor may take pre-orders (over the internet, for instance), but they can only deliver them to a farmers market or roadside stand.

Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Any food with a pH value of less than 4.6 and a water activity value of less than 0.85 is allowed.

Low sugar jams and jellies, as well as pumpkin and pear fruit butters, may not be allowed.

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

Limitations
There is no sales limit

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is home produced and processed and the production area has not been inspected by the State Department of Health." (10-point type)


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, IN 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)


Produced on 7/7/2015


NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)


In addition to net weight, the label must also include the volume of the product.

If a labeling a product isn’t practical (e.g. the product isn’t packaged), the vendor may place a placard with the same information up at the point of sale.

Resources

Law Dates
July 2009
HEA 1309
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Comments

I own a retail store and would like to sell Home Base Vendor over the holiday season. I was told that it might be allowed, but only over the holiday season and with a special permit? Do you know anything about this?

    You mean that a home-based vendor would like to sell in your store? I don’t know of any rules that would allow that. It’s possible that the ag or health dept has created some special permit for the holiday season, but I honestly think that’s unlikely. You’ll have to contact those depts to learn if they offer a permit like that.

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