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A new law (SB 525) went into effect on August 28th, 2014 that allows cottage food operations across the state. Previously, a few counties in Missouri allowed cottage food operations, even though there was no statewide law.

Under this law, individuals can only sell their products directly to consumers, which includes sales from home and at events. They can only sell baked goods, jams, jellies, and dry herbs, which is relatively limited compared to other states. Cottage food operations can sell up to $50,000 of products per year.

Although the law is somewhat limited, it’s a big improvement over the sporadic county ordinances that Missouri’s had in the past.


All sales must be direct (in-person) transactions to the final consumer. Internet sales are specifically prohibited.

Allowed Foods

Most baked goods that do not require refrigeration are 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


Sales are limited to $50,000 per year


No permit, inspection, or training from the health department is needed, but there may be other local requirements, such as a business license.

A local health department is not allowed to regulate a cottage food operation, but they can investigate a potential foodborne disease or outbreak.


Sample Label

The label must state that the food was not inspected by the state or local health department.

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MO 73531


Law Dates
August 2014
SB 525
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Are there guidelines for advertising online? I understand that I cannot sell my product online, but could I make a facebook page to advertise the fact that I make cakes? On the page could I inform people that if they would like to purchase a cake, I could set up a time to discuss the cake?

If I’m making baked goods from home and want to sell, do I have to provide a business address? Not really comfortable sharing my home address with customers.

What about International dry food and snacks ? Are we allowed to or not and what are the rules for that if anybody knows. Thank you very much.

    By international, do you mean they’re produced in other countries? Or are you simply referring to the type of cuisine? There aren’t many dry foods that are specifically included in this law, so you need to contact the health dept to find out what’s allowed.

Question, what is the difference between a separate kitchen a commercial kitchen. I have a large mixer and a large oven what difference does that make

    Large, commercial equipment isn’t allowed because most home kitchens do not have sinks that can properly accommodate the wash / rinse / sanitize process for them. If your mixer and oven are intended for residential use, then you should be fine.

According to the FDA All food must also have an ingredients list from the largest amount to the smallest I would think that this would also cover the cottage law. I know of many farmers markets which don’t require any labeling of food sold at them and are selling alot of the items in the no go list. Sad…

    Actually the FDA only provides their food code as a recommendation… it is up to each state to adopt their own food code, which is usually some variant and version of the FDA’s. For small businesses, it should be legal to sell food without needing an ingredient list on the label, but it is true that selling illegal food is quite common everywhere in the US.

If you sell the things covered under cottage laws, are you required to carry some sort of insurance? I have checked and don’t need a business license in my County but was unsure about insurance as I am interested in doing an upcoming event and they state food vendors are required to show copy of their insurance

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