Since this page was last updated, Missouri has improved their cottage food law. See the health department’s FAQ page for more information.
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 through the Senate.
All sales must be direct (in-person) transactions to the final consumer. Internet sales are specifically prohibited.
Most baked goods that do not require refrigeration are allowed.
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.
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
- August 2014
- SB 525