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Missouri

Missouri’s cottage food law (SB 525) went into effect on August 28th, 2014 that allows cottage food operations across the state. Previously, a few counties in Missouri allowed cottage food operations, even though there was no statewide law.

Under this law, individuals can only sell their products directly to consumers, which includes sales from home and at events. They can only sell baked goods, jams, jellies, and dry herbs, which is relatively limited compared to other states. Cottage food operations can sell up to $50,000 of products per year.

Although the law is somewhat limited, it’s a big improvement over the sporadic county ordinances that Missouri’s had in the past.

A new bill (HB 410) was proposed in 2017 which would have allowed online sales, but it never passed.

Selling

All sales must be direct (in-person) transactions to the final consumer. Internet sales are specifically prohibited.

Allowed Foods

Most baked goods that do not require refrigeration are allowed.

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
Sales are limited to $50,000 per year

Business

No permit, inspection, or training from the health department is needed, but there may be other local requirements, such as a business license.

A local health department is not allowed to regulate a cottage food operation, but they can investigate a potential foodborne disease or outbreak.

Labeling

Sample Label

The label must state that the food was not inspected by the state or local health department.


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MO 73531

Resources

Law Dates
August 2014
SB 525

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Comments

What about dry mixes? Like bread, cookie, soups, drink mixes, etc. I understand herbs are included, so then would dry seasoning and dip mixes be too?

Hello! Do I understand white that if I bake Cookies in my home kitchen in Missouri, I can’t sell them through Amazon? Even if they are part of gourmet dry fruits gift box? Thank you!

Why are chocolate covered nuts prohibited under Missour’s Cottage Food laws? If so what are my other options for selling my product?

    Nuts and chocolate are both prohibited. Perhaps this would be a thing you should contact your local elected officials about and see if they can offer either an explanation or introduce legislation to change.

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