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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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I Just moved from st louis mo & currently live in kansas city. Ive been reading These comments & i’m a little confused. So are we able to sell baked cupcakes & cookies from our home? I buy all my ingredients from the store.
I dont use any Milk Or cheeses in my products, only water as a liquid. Do I need any license for online sells.? If i sale online will I get in trouble for delivering it myself?

Question: I understand that under the Cottage law we can not sell on the internet – but the health department in Springfield, Mo told me to have a Facebook page is not allowed. That we can not advertise and a face book page is advertising. I didn’t see that restriction in the law. Can you clarify? They are looking into it but seem caught off guard by my argument that our face book page (where people go look at the flavor of the week) is communication with our regular customers (who “liked” us on FB) not advertisement.

    That sounds strange… there isn’t anything in the law that suggests that interpretation. I think the health dept might be misinterpreting the statement about prohibiting online sales. If you cannot advertise, then you wouldn’t be able to tell anyone about your business whatsoever. You wouldn’t be able to sell at a booth because that would be a form of advertisement. I know of no state that has any form of advertising restrictions.

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