Mississippi’s new law (SB 2553) went into effect on July 1st, 2013. It is an improvement on Mississippi’s pre-existing home-based processor laws, which only allowed sales at farmers markets.
With the introduction of this law comes some limitations, such as an annual sales cap of $20,000. Fortunately, it’s very easy to get started, as no registration or permit is required. Also, the allowed food list is fairly comprehensive — that list and some other requirements were modeled after California’s laws.
Unfortunately, Mississippi is one of the only states that doesn’t allow cottage food operations to advertise online.
Certain items may require lab testing.
Although no training is required, it is strongly recommended by the health department, especially for those making acidified or pickled products (canned goods).
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Mississippi's food safety regulations."
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MS 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)
Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
Nutrition facts are required if a nutritional claim is made (like “low fat”).