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Cottage Food Law

Michigan enacted a cottage food law in 2010 (HB 5280), and then amended it once in 2012 (HB 5130) to increase the sales limit.

Many types of non-perishable foods are allowed, and producers can sell directly to consumers at most sales venues.

It is very easy to start a cottage food business, since no license or inspection from the ag department is needed.

However, sales are limited to $25,000 per year, and indirect sales (through retail stores, grocery stores, online, etc) are not allowed.

Selling Where can you sell homemade food products?

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Allowed Foods What food products can you sell from home?

To check if a specific kind of product is allowed, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or

Maple syrup and honey is not covered under this law, but you can sell it through a separate exemption. To qualify, you need to sell less than $15,001 of maple syrup and honey each year, label your products properly (see Labeling section), and meet basic processing requirements. You can sell these products directly to consumers, as well as indirectly through retail and grocery stores.

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 How will your home food business be restricted?

Sales are limited to $25,000 per year

Business What do you need to do to sell food from home?

Food safety training

Food safety training is not required, but the MSU Extension offers a 2-hour cottage food training course for free. Both in-person and online courses are available.

Private well testing

If your home uses a private well, you should get your water tested annually to make sure that it is potable.

Private sewer inspection

If you have a private septic system for you waste water, the health department recommends that you get it inspected before starting your business.

Labeling How do you label cottage food products?

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" (11-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MI 73531

Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)

Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy

NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)

If you sell maple syrup or honey, you must label those products with the same information that’s specified above, except the statement should read “Processed in a facility not inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development”.

Resources Where can you find more information about this law?


Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Law Dates
July 2010
HB 5280
July 2010
HB 5837
October 2012
HB 5130

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Hi,I’m concerned about the online training,I contacted the msu extention book store I bought the video and I sent the surveymonkey is any way to know who is the department in charge of the food training certificate ,how can I know ir the got the survey,or maybe I have to print the survey and to resend it againg by regular mail,I need help with this I called to msu book store and they dont know.So any information or where to go or call would be very helpful..thanks

Hi, I have a herd of dairy goats. I was wondering about goat cheese or goat milk fudge under soft candy? My zip code is 49799

    The cheese would not be allowed, and the fudge may be allowed. Does your fudge need refrigeration? If it does, then it would not be allowed. If it doesn’t need refrigeration, then I’d recommend you contact the department about this one (contact info at bottom of Allowed Foods section above).

    It’s quite possible, but I’m not sure. In some states, there is an issue with selling near a venue that is an established food business. Then again, it is face-to-face, which is the most important aspect of selling. I’d recommend emailing your question to the department at, and make sure to give them your zip code in the email.

    Donuts probably wouldn’t be allowed unless they’re baked, which most donuts aren’t. Likewise with waffles. Thanks for catching that… I’m removing donuts from the list because it’s confusing.

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