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Cottage Food Law

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.

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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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So can anyone tell me why coffee is on the prohibited list? I roast coffee, but under this law selling it online is prohibited? Can someone help me understand why this is? Thank you!

In Missouri is a cottage food operation allowed to have an information website as long as no sales are transacted through a shopping cart on the website?

If anyone would like to get the rules and regulations please see my facebook page I am a lawyer turned baker with a home based baking business in Georgia but I also teach, conduct webinars and specialize in helping home baking businesses under the Cottage food rules for various states. The Missouri class in 7/25/19 but replays will also be available.

Do you happen to know if a cottage food production business has to apply for a sales tax number and collect sales tax on their items? I see the city of Springfield business license application for home based businesses asks if the applicant has a sales tax account/number.

    I am an Attorney who specializes in Cottage Food for bakers. You do have to have a sales tax if you are selling and doing business. You must register with the Department of revenue for the State as there will be state and local sales taxes. I conduct webinars for the different states on Cottage food. Go to my facebook page to see the schedule and register.

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.