Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Florida
is it legal?
This topic contains 8 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Naia Castro Morales 2 years, 3 months ago.
- March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am #17095
julio d manso
I am interested in producing and selling mullet spread (paste). is it under the prohibited foods?
I live in Hillsborough county, if I would have no choice but to produce this product at a commercial scale, what particular license will cover food processors?
can you please help me?
it seems that it will required an extensive search. licenses from FWLC, USADA, ETC….March 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm #17125
Anything with meat, including seafood, is not allowed under the Florida cottage food law. You need to use a commercial kitchen, and you should contact your health dept. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercialApril 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm #17748
Do you have to bake out of your house in order to fall under the cottage law? For instance, can one rent a building and bake there, then do delivery only? The building would not be accessible to public.April 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm #17777
Yes, you need to use only your home kitchen.April 29, 2015 at 5:21 am #17818
Is it legal to have an office type setting for customers to pick up thier cakes and pies?May 1, 2015 at 1:51 am #17855
No, you can’t sell via an office or other type of business / store front. You can only sell your products at your home, a farmers market, a roadside stand, or at certain types of events. You can also deliver your products to a customer.May 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm #17871
What if we rent a kitchen to bake, then have office for sales and pick up. Then we would just need a business licence and kitchen we rent has to be inspected for our business right? Sorry, just trying to find best route to go. My partner and i started our cottage kitchen last November and we are getting really big. We rent a unit in a plaza and in process of remodeling now. Just really looking for some help.May 2, 2015 at 12:27 am #17872
It sounds like it’s time for you to go the commercial route. The cottage food law was mainly setup as an easier avenue for someone to start a food business. I would assume that if you wanted to get bigger, you wouldn’t want to be restricted to the $15,000 sales cap of the cottage food law anyway.
CFOs can only use a residential kitchen, so it wouldn’t even be possible for you to rent a kitchen and still run your business under the cottage food law. You need to rent a commercial kitchen and call the health dept to learn about getting a license.September 3, 2017 at 10:36 am #39334
Naia Castro Morales
Helo, I live in Naples, and I am plannin get in to a Cottage Food based on bakery products. I havr been resersh and I have not clear information about if I can make my products in the rental apartment were I live?
And I don’t find nothing about have a pet in home and if there any regulations regarding this.
Do ypu have any infomation about that?