Q A: Cottage foods in Florida

What types of cottage foods can be produced?…

What types of cottage foods can be produced?

Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits; cakes, pastries and cookies; candies and confections; honey; jams, jellies and preserves; fruit pies and dried fruits; dry herbs, seasonings and mixtures; homemade pasta; cereals, trail mixes and granola; coated or uncoated nuts; vinegar and flavored vinegars; popcorn, popcorn balls.

What cottage foods are not allowed?

Fresh or dried meat or meat products including jerky; canned fruits, vegetables, vegetable butters, flavored oils, hummus, garlic dip, salsas; fish or shellfish products; canned pickled products such as corn relish, pickles, sauerkraut; raw seed sprouts; bakery goods which require any type of refrigeration such as cream, custard or meringue pies and cakes or pastries with cream cheese icings or fillings; milk and dairy products including hard, soft and cottage cheeses and yogurt; cut fresh fruits and/or vegetables and juices made from fresh fruits or vegetables; ice and/or ice products; barbecue sauces, ketchup and/or mustards; focaccia-style breads with vegetables and/or cheese; pet treats.

Where can cottage food products be sold?

You may sell from your residence directly to the consumer or at farmer’s markets and roadside stands.

Can cottage food product be sold on the Internet?

No, the law prohibits sales over the Internet, by mail order or at wholesale.

Can cottage food products be delivered?

Yes, you may deliver your cottage food products directly to the consumer or to a specific event venue such as wedding or other celebration.

Are state permits and licenses necessary for a cottage food operation?

No. But check with your city or county for any requirements they may have.

Is there any limit to how much can be earned from a cottage food operation?

Cottage food operators are limited to $15,000 in gross sales per year. It is the operator’s responsibility to comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding the collection of sales tax.

How are complaints against cottage food makers investigated?

Failure to allow a site inspection may result in a $5,000 fine.

Where can I get more information?

FreshfromFlorida.com; 850-245-5520

Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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