Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Missouri
Hi! New to the group. I am the manager of our farmers market here in Ferguson, MO. I see from previous posts that someone else has had issues getting answers from our county health dept about cottage laws here in North County St. Louis. My main question is who has final say over whether a vendor can sell products at our market made under cottage…[Read more]
Mary, the Missouri page on here is a good starting point, since it summarizes what’s in the law: https://forrager.com/law/missouri/
The best place to find official info is from the health dept. The health dept must follow the law, as long as the law is clear. But they are able to interpret it if it is ambiguous. In the case of canned goods, their…[Read more]
Thanks for your reply. I would love to allow cottage food businesses at our market so very disappointed our county health won’t allow it. I would also love it if our health dept was the best place for information. Unfortunately, they don’t even seem knowledgeable on some things. I was standing by our inspector at our last market while he told the…[Read more]
Hi, everyone. New to the group here, and new to the cottage industry. I’m starting a cottage business in St. Louis City. I reached out to the City License department to see if they require one for cottage businesses, but have not heard back. Is anyone here in STL City or familiar with STL City laws in this regard? Thanks for your help.
I’ve heard that St. Louis restricts cottage food businesses to only selling out of the home. I don’t believe any other town or city in MO restricts cottage food businesses in that way. So it’s a major issue, for sure. You should try talking to the health dept to confirm this. As far as the city business license is concerned, I’m sure that they…[Read more]
Carole, my understanding is that a health dept cannot regulate a cottage food operation. It is possible, I suppose, that a city hall could prevent your business, even though the health dept cannot.
If they say no, I’d recommend making sure that they’re aware of the cottage food law — many govt depts are not. Also, it might help to communicate…[Read more]
Actually, the law does specify that a local health dept can’t regulate you, so they are not allowed to conduct an inspection without a customer complaint. They also shouldn’t be able to prevent you from advertising on Facebook, though the law does prohibit you from selling online.
There is some strange wording in the law about exempt areas in the…[Read more]
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