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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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Is there any organized effort to amend the law to include internet sales? I live midway between St. Louis and KC, our local economy is very depressed, and I work full-time which prohibits me from attending most farmers markets. Any input would be appreciated.

    This is my opinion (though I am not a professional) – if you ran a website through which customers could set appointments for delivery or pick-up, it seems to me that would legally fall under the “delivery/pickup” allowance, since the transaction will still be conducted in person and the sale is not completed online.

I am wanting to start a home based business where I make baby food. To do this, I’d purchase organic produce, cook the produce, and puree it all by hand. Are there special stipulations for infants?

    We are working to pass an amendment that will allow internet advertising and sales. There will be a hearing next Wednesday at the capitol and I will be attending to speak up for the amendment. If anyone in MO would like to attend and offer backup. The health dept reps will be there in full force I’m sure.

I am an IL resident, but I would be wanting my cottage food operation in MO. My parents live in MO and that’s where I would be doing everything. Would I be able to do this as long as I’m registered in MO and operate only in MO?

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