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West Virginia

West Virginia is very specific and restrictive about their cottage food laws.  They only let you sell at in-state farmers markets and some types of events, and only certain food items are allowed.

Selling

Allowed Foods

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
There is no sales limit

Business

Registration

Producers must register before selling their items at a farmers market or event. The completed registration form must be sent to the local health department for the county of the event.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, WV 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)


For products that do not contain a major food allergen, a placard may be placed at the point of sale as a replacement for individual labels.

Resources

Contacts

Linda Whaley

Job Title
Food Program Manager
Organization
WV Department of Health
Telephone
304-558-6727

Jessica Lucas

Job Title
Assistant, Food Program
Organization
WV Department of Health
Telephone
304-558-6999

Teresa Halloran

Job Title
Labeling
Organization
WV Department of Agriculture
Telephone
304-558-2210
Law Dates
July 2009
Farmers Market Guide

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Comments

We are fixing to move to WV . We are buying a farm that has a few outer buildings , if I convert one into a commercial kitchen can my wife sell her cakes from this location if I have it DEHC approved

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