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Louisiana’s cottage food law (Act 542) was started in 2013 and amended in 2014. The amendment (HB 1270) greatly increased the number of foods allowed, and it also increased the amount of regulations CFOs must follow. There is a sales limit of $20,000 per year.

Unlike every other law, Louisiana imposes specific restrictions on preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, and pies. Those odd restrictions indicate that other items would be relatively unrestricted in how they are produced and sold.


Breads, cakes, cookies, or pies may not be sold indirectly, which suggests that the other allowed food items can be sold indirectly at stores and restaurants.

Allowed Foods

Unlike most other states, custard or cream-filled bakery products are allowed, but only if pasteurized milk products are used.


Sales are limited to $20,000 per year

Preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, or pies must follow these special rules:

  • They cannot employ anyone to help them in the production of those items
  • Pets must be excluded at all times from preparation areas
  • If there are ingredients that require refrigeration, the refrigerator must stay at 45 degrees or below


Sales Tax Certificate

A CFO needs to apply for a Louisiana General Sales Tax Certificate from the Department of Revenue, plus a local sales tax certificate (from any region it will sell in), before selling products.


Sample Label

The label must have a statement that "clearly indicates that the food was not produced in a licensed or regulated facility."


Law Dates
August 2013
SB 18
August 2014
HB 1270
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I would like to make/sell organic baby food out of my home in New Orleans. Does the Cottage Law allow for me to do so?…..

I own a large indoor flea market. Are we allowed to let vendors sell baked goods like cakes, pies, candies and canned jelly…. etc at our establishment? I didn’t see our type of business listed above. I guess we could be considered retail…

To sell honey under the LA Cottage Food Law, does the honey need to be produced by hives that I own and are located on the property where my home is located? Can I sell honey from hives on property that is not where my home is located? Can I get honey and make it into a blend in my kitchen to sell under the Cottage Food Law?

    I do not know about the specific requirements of homemade honey production. It’s even possible that the requirements haven’t been formed. You should contact the ag dept to see if they have any information.

Do home businesses covered by the Cottage Food Law have to file LAT5 forms showing inventory, merchandise and depreciation?

A juice business recently accepted my products but shortly thereafter was withdrawn due to a drop in from a health department person who advised the business I needed a resale license?? I was just reading here that we can resell in food businesses under cottage law. Please advise.

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