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Mississippi Can you legally sell food from home in Mississippi?

Cottage Food Law

Prior to 2013, Mississippi only allowed sales of homemade food at farmers markets, but they passed a new cottage food bill (SB 2553) that year to allow in-person sales at other venues as well.

However, individuals can now sell only $35,000 of homemade food per year. Fortunately, many types of food products are allowed, and it’s very easy to get started, as no registration or permit from the health department is required.

Selling Where can you sell homemade food products?

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Allowed Foods What food products can you sell from home?

Prohibited Foods

Certain items may require lab testing.

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?

Limitations
Sales are limited to $35,000 per year

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

Although no training is required, it is strongly recommended by the health department, especially for those making acidified or pickled products (canned goods).

Labeling How do you label cottage food products?

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Mississippi's food safety regulations."


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MS 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)


Resources Where can you find more information about this law?

Contacts

Mississippi State Department of Health

Department
Food Protection Division
Telephone
601-576-7689
Law Dates
February 2008
MCA 69-7-109
July 2013
SB 2553
July 2020
HB 326

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I have a small farm and sell at farmers market. I want to put up a roadside stand to sell produce. Do I need any permit in Mississippi to do so?

Is there any way around not putting your home address on your packaging of the cottage foods product you offer? I realize they need a way to contact you in the event of complaints, but wouldn’t a telephone number or email work?

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