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Iowa

Iowa has two different laws for home cooks, depending on what they want to make. Producers that sell only non-potentially hazardous food products do not need any license or permit from the health department, but they can only sell at home or at farmers markets. There are no sales limitations, and the labeling requirements are very basic.

Producers who want to sell perishable baked goods, or want to sell baked goods at other venues, need to become a Home Food Establishment.

Selling

You can sell baked goods at more venues by becoming a Home Food Establishment.

Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Perishable baked goods can be sold  by becoming a Home Food Establishment.

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

Limitations

Limitations
There is no sales limit

Business

Although no license from the health department is required, there may be other local requirements, like a business license. Certain types of products are exempt from sales tax.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, IA 73531

Resources

Contacts
Department
Department of Inspections and Appeals
Telephone
515-281-6538
Law Dates
July 1988
SF 356
January 1999
HF 2166
August 2000
ARC 9996A
July 2001
SF 62
May 2002
HF 2620
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Comments

What are the requirements for selling home boiled maple syrup out of my home ?? Can I legally sell it without any license ?

Why are roadside market is not allowable under the cottage.? The farmers market’s will be finished but I will have wonderful produce well after the season to be sold and now I have no venue to sell it… Are there alternatives?

I want to sell federally inspected beef that I raise by the frozen package, out of my home how can I find out what the minimum requirements are for the facility to get inspected? Want to start with just freezer space basically, no processing of raw will be done.

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