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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.

Selling

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.

Limitations

Limitations
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

Business

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.

Labeling

Sample Label

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


Resources

Law Dates
August 2013
SB 18
August 2014
HB 1270
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Comments

What about ice? I am interested in making large blocks of ice in a dedicated machine, cutting it down on a dedicated machine. The ice would be sold to restaurants and bars. The area is separate and contained.

    Ice isn’t covered under this law, and you should contact the health dept to determine what’s required to produce and sell it.

    There are varying reasons, but usually income caps are put in place to ensure that a home business stays small and doesn’t stretch the limits of a home environment. Large food productions operations should be run from a dedicated facility that is designed for it — including external factors like wastewater capacity and proximity to homes (food businesses can create strong smells, so laws were created to separate these businesses from residential areas).

We don’t need to have some kind of insurance like general liability insurance / product liability insurance to sell the products, do we?

If I mostly bake and decorate cookies as a hobby with a few sales to friends every now and then, do I have to register with the state as a business?

    I do not think the size of a business affects the need to register, but your area might not require businesses of a certain size to register. Try contacting the dept that issues business licenses.

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