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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 know if we can sell Cupcakes our of the vending trailer at local events etc while under the cottage food law in Louisiana.

    Boudin is a meat based sausage. To my knowledge, you’ll have to use meat processed at a federally inspected facility, and then have the sausage made in a USDA or LDAF certified facility. That can be your own processing facility, or a meat processor’s facility, but cannot be a commercial kitchen or commissary kitchen. Basically, the short answer is, you cannot sell a meat-based product from a home kitchen. I would recommend you reach out to the LDAF if you want to be sure to be legal about it.

Hello, I’m making hard candies in my kitchen (they contain essential oils). Can I sell them to gift shops and restaurants? Will be my sales limited to 20000$?(Louisiana). thank you.

My cousin and I are thinking of selling bread puddings from our homes. Some would include fruits and sauces. Would this be allowed.

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