Louisiana’s cottage food law (Act 542) was started in 2013 and amended in 2014. The amendment (HB 1270) greatly increased the number of foods allowed, and it also increased the amount of regulations CFOs must follow. In 2022, the sales limit increased to $30,000 per year (HB 828) .
Unlike every other law, Louisiana imposes specific restrictions on preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, and pies. Those odd restrictions indicate that other items would be relatively unrestricted in how they are produced and sold.
Breads, cakes, cookies, or pies may not be sold indirectly, which suggests that the other allowed food items can be sold indirectly at stores and restaurants.
Unlike most other states, custard or cream-filled bakery products are allowed, but only if pasteurized milk products are used.
Preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, or pies must follow these special rules:
- They cannot employ anyone to help them in the production of those items
- Pets must be excluded at all times from preparation areas
- If there are ingredients that require refrigeration, the refrigerator must stay at 45 degrees or below
A CFO needs to apply for a Louisiana General Sales Tax Certificate from the Department of Revenue, plus a local sales tax certificate (from any region it will sell in), before selling products.
The label must have a statement that "clearly indicates that the food was not produced in a licensed or regulated facility."
- Louisiana Agriculture Department