The 2011 Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7209 allowing individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of “cottage food industry” products in an unlicensed home kitchen.
Cottage industry food products include such items as breads, cakes, cookies, candies, jams, jellies, and fruit pies.
“Cottage food operations” as they are called require no license or permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and are not inspected by any state government entity.
Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $15,000 annually. Products must be sold directly by the cottage food operator to the consumer. Sales by Internet, mail order, consignment or at wholesale are prohibited.
Cottage food products must be labeled in accordance with the requirements as outlined in Section 500.80(5), Flor-ida Statutes, and United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 101. Read the full article from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services here.
*Please note that this information may have been updated. Please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture’s website for the most up to date information.