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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) will allow online sales, which goes into effect on August 28th, 2017.


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


Sales are limited to $50,000 per year


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.


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


Law Dates
August 2014
SB 525

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I live in MO and see a ton of people selling homemade elderberry syrup. Syrup is on the list of items not allowed in MO. Does this mean syrup, including elderberry syrup needs to be monitored by the health dept or food safety?

Since the bill passed in August 2017 are online sales allowed? Or am I allowed to advertise online but the sale still needs to happen in person?

    Although HB 410 passed in the house, it was never signed into law. Internet sales are not allowed. I have verified this with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This question was answered on the Facebook page Missouri Cottage Food Law.

Since the bill was passed August 28, 2017, are online sales now allowed? If so, would mail delivery be allowed and outside of missouri?

Marshmallows are on the prohibited list. Does this mean homemade or store bought? I use store bought ones, and would like clarification. Thanks!

If I live in DFW area of Texas and want to order something (food related) from a Kansas City business…. home, small, large in size…. is that allowed?… if yes, then what is needed – if not, then please let me know why.

Thank you.

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