Cottage Food Law

What are Cottage Food laws?

Cottage food laws outline the regulations surrounding the production of certain types of foods for sale without having a commercial license. Cottage food laws allow a person to produce and sell food from their own home without the expense and licensing that it would normally require to start a food business.

Why do we need Cottage Food Law in Ontario?

  • Creating cottage food laws would give citizens an easier way to make extra income
  • These laws support entrepreneurship by allowing people to start a business without the cost and hassle normally required to sell their product.
  • It benefits the local economy by supporting agriculture and locally grown products. It encourages agriculture by removing zoning restrictions to growing and selling produce.
  • It promotes healthy competition. Cottage food legislation would increase consumer choice and encourage growth in the market.

Typical features of cottage food laws;

  • Labeling requirements – notification that the product was processed in a home kitchen. Ingredients and allergens must be listed on product.
  • Foods permitted – low risk foods such as baked goods, jam, and candy. High risk foods which require refrigeration are typically not allowed.
  • Permitted venues – more conservative regulations restrict sales to farmers markets while liberal laws allow online and retail sales.
  • Limitations – how much the home business can produce and sell and still be permitted to operate under cottage food laws. Alabama limits sales to $20,000 per year while Vermont has no sales limit.

For U.S. Cottage Food Law Information:

Cottage Food Law
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