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Many states across the country have cottage food laws. These laws regulate how home-based food businesses are run. From the amount of money a food entrepreneur can earn to the types of products a food entrepreneur is allowed to sell, cottage food laws are different in every state — sometimes every county within a state. It is important that you know what the cottage food law in your states says.
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Foodpreneur Institute has posted the Cottage Food document for Starting a Homemade Food Operation in Hawaii.
Find the Law for Your State
Below is a map of the United States. Simply click on your state. Each state links to the law or rule that’s been set up for that state. Be sure to read the law or rule carefully. These are your guidelines. Remember if you have questions or need help, contact us!
Green – state has a cottage food law or rule
Yellow – state does not have a cottage food law or rule
- Registration and Permit Requirements for “Class A” and “Class B” Cottage Food Operations
- Approved Cottage Foods
- Visit this link to request to Add a Food Product to the Cottage Foods Approved Food List.
- Listing of all California County Cottage Food Laws
Cottage food laws in the State of Illinois are regulated by individual Public Health Counties. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for your county cottage food rules and regulations.
Rhode Island does not have cottage food laws because food to be sold cannot be prepared in a home kitchen; instead, it is legally required that the food be prepared in a state-approved and inspected commercial kitchen.