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    Dmitry

    It seems that most cottage food laws seem rather restrictive, even in states that are less restrictive like Maine. The question I have though is how can websites like mealsharing.com or EatWith exist in the current cottage law industry? I read through their terms and it seems like they don’t even mention food laws. Can someone charge to cook for others if they eat it in their homes? Seems like they’re skirting the cottage food laws.

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    David Crabill
    Keymaster

    Correct, it’s almost always illegal for someone to operate a restaurant in their neighborhood, even a small one. When these services get large enough, they have to answer to regulators. One Bay Area service like this (Josephine) recently got shut down by the health dept because they were growing very quickly.

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    Amber Tirre

    So the worst that can happen to you is you get shut down till you get permitted and inspected?

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