Ohio

Law status: ENACTED


Sales type
Direct and indirect
Sales venues
5 out of 8 allowed
Allowed foods
Many

Sales limit
Unlimited

Ohio has very good cottage food laws. They allow operators to sell as much as they want, and the products may be sold directly and indirectly at a limited number of venues in Ohio. Also, there is no registration process or fees to get started. Although the laws were originally implemented in 2001 (making them one of the first cottage food laws in the nation), they amended the laws in 2010 to add more products to the list of allowed foods.

Interestingly, Ohio also has laws for those that want to sell refrigerated baked goods from their homes, like cheesecakes. Those that wish to do so must apply for a home bakery license, which costs $10. For more information, visit the Food Safety page and click “Fact Sheets”, then “Home Bakeries” on the left-hand side.

Selling

Sales Venues
  • Home
  • Farmers markets
  • Food stands
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Mail orders
  • Internet

The only “retail stores” that can sell your products are grocery stores and restaurants. Restaurants may also use your products in their food items.

“Events” must be government-organized festivals or celebrations that do not last longer than seven consecutive days.

“Farmers markets” also includes farm markets and farm product auctions.

Products may also be sold directly from the home. The law does not specifically disallow internet sales, but the direct sale requirement suggests that they would not be allowed.

All sales must be made in the state of Ohio.

Allowed Foods

  • Bagels
  • Biscuits
  • Breads
  • Brittles
  • Brownies
  • Cakes
  • Caramel corn
  • Cereals
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate-covered items
  • Cobblers
  • Cones
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Crisps
  • Donuts
  • Drink mixes
  • Dry coffee
  • Dry tea
  • Fruit butters
  • Fudge
  • Granola
  • Hard candies
  • Herbs
  • Jams & jellies
  • Mixes
  • Muffins
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Pizzelles
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rolls
  • Scones
  • Seasonings
  • Soft candies
  • Sweet breads
  • Tortillas

Baking mixes must be sold in a jar.

Labeling

Label Requirements
  • Product name
  • Business name
  • Business address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Ingredients
  • Net weight
  • Date produced
  • Allergens
  • Nutrition info
  • Statement
Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is home produced." (10-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way
Cookietown, OH 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)

If a nutritional claim is made on the label, federal labeling requirements must be met.

Labeling Laws (ORC 3715.023)

Workplace

The kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.

This page was last updated on March 14th, 2014

Sorry if this has been explained and I have missed it. Under the Cottage food laws for Ohio are pets allowed in the house? Im interested in starting up but I have a dog. I would, of course, keep him out of the kitchen whilst cooking. I saw that no pets are allowed with home bakeries but this technically wouldnt be a home bakery. Would I have to add to the label that a dog lives in my house?

jeremy

I make perogies at home. Am I able to sell them to local stores and friends and neighbors? Can I use the cottage food law to sell them to stores or do I need a license and a commercial kitchen? If so what site would prepare me to do this?

Sharon

I live in Ohio. Do I need a license to sell prepackaged dry dip mixes at craft shows or farmer markets that I bought wholesaler?

    If you’re just reselling commercially prepackaged items, then I don’t think you need to follow these rules. Your health dept probably has a simple seller’s permit, which would allow you to sell at craft shows. However, if you are repackaging the dip mix at your home, then that would fall under this law (no ag dept license required). Craft shows would not be allowed, but you could sell at farmers markets. Also, read this: http://cottagefoods.org/faq/#repackaging

Mandi G

I am in Ohio and interested in opening a home bakery wholesale operation. I would like to convert my garage to a kitchen, it is separate from the house. I have pets but they would not be able to get into that building. Is that acceptable or would having pets on the property still make it unacceptable?

    Mandi G

    Just to clarify, there will be products requiring refrigeration.

    This would be completely separate from having a home bakery license. You are trying to start a commercial food business and build a commercial kitchen. If pets aren’t allowed in the building, then it should be fine, but this can get pretty expensive and you should be talking to the health dept to make sure you’re doing everything to code.

Joe

I am based in Lexington, KY, where cottage food laws only apply to farmers. Can I make my toffee and nut brittles in Lexington, then sell them in Cincinnati?

David

Hi

We are just starting our gourmet popcorn business and would like to operate under the cottage food laws for a time. We have been asked to do a couple events, both where would be giving products to the public not selling although there would be potential for sales, one event is Rotary club sponsored, and the other by a church. The question is would theses events be Ok for us to go to under the cottage business rules.

holly

hello.
id like to sell fondant cake toppers online and im based in ohio.
do i need any kind of licensing?

thanks.

    You can do that under the cottage food law on this page. You don’t need licensing from the health dept, but your county may have some requirements you need to fulfill. You can call your planning division to find out.

Staci

I’m looking to sell baked goods at shows and festivals. I’m curious how I would label something that someone would come buy and possibly eat on the spot and not need a bag. Would a general sign on the table with the labeling requirements be suffice for that?

    Your products should not be intended to be eaten “on the premises”. Your products are all supposed to be properly packaged and labeled in your home kitchen, even if the customer chooses to open it and eat it at the point of sale.

Vivian Miller

I first called about an appointment for an inspection to get the home bakery license on Feb 28. Tomorrow is March 28 and I still don’t have an appointment from the ODA. I have not found any info on how long it takes for this to happen. I Called Mar 7 and told them my labels were ready and was told an inspector would contact me (no one did). I called again Mar 14 to find out they forgot to add my name to the inspectors list. I received an email Mar 18 asking for a copies of my labels and sent them that same day. Tomorrow is Mar 28 and I still have not heard back from them with an appointment. It seems like this is taking longer than should be. Is this normal?

    Sounds typical. Unfortunately you are at the mercy of the department, and you just have to be persistent. Some departments are really on top of things, and many are like this.

Barbara

I am thinking about selling hot peppers and spices mixture in vinegar and oil packed in glass jars…is that allowed?

amanda

Hi, i’m thinking about selling petit fours.. i always make them for family and friends. if i was to use boxed cake mix and butter cream do i list everything thats on the box of the cake mix and butter cream? and also i dip them in chocolate.. do i use all ingredients?. and how would i do the net wt on the labeling if i sell them 4 or 6 at a time?

    If you sell a box of 4 of them, and you only want to use one label, then that label needs to have every single ingredient that’s contained in the box. Yes, you would copy the ingredients off of the cake mix box. That’s all that’s required, but it might be helpful to your customers if you separated out the ingredients for each item, or you could create separate ingredient labels for each one. If the weight of your items vary, then you can weigh them after they’re produced and then write the weight on the label.

Melissa

I would like to know that if I stated selling items under the cottage food act if having a liabity insurance is something needed? It would be mostly cookie cakes and chocolate suckers etc? As long as ingredients are labeled someone couldn’t sue you for allergies, chocking , etc? Also if sold as a dozen of an item rather than individual but wrapped separate would one label on the box be sufficient?

Heather

What about raw cookie dough? It’s made with out eggs, so it’s meant to be eaten raw. Would that be an allowed food or would I need a Home Based license for it?

Jennifer

Are we able to sell cottage goods at craft shows? I always see breads and chocolate covered items there. I was wondering if it was considered an event?

    No — the only events allowed are government-organized festivals or celebrations. The people selling there may be making their products in a commercial kitchen, or they may be unaware of the laws.

Kevin Rudder

Hello,

I am from Ohio, and I have read so many different things about pets being in a home for a home bakery licence, I saw they are allowed and I saw they are not allowed. Would you be able to help clear the air on wether or not pets are allowed in the home but in different area of the house so lets say the basement?

Michelle

How do you know which allergens are in your product?

    There are only 8 major allergens, and it’s usually pretty self-explanatory if one of them is in your product. Any derivative product is included for an allergen: for instance, milk would be listed as an allergen if butter is one of your ingredients. If you use a packaged product, any ingredients or allergens that are listed on that also need to go on your label.

Niki

What are the Ohio Laws for baking and selling of canine treats? I am very interested in starting a Barkery.

Thomas

The museum in this town has a small gift shop which I believe would be considered a retail store. They want to sell candy and non-refrigerated baked goods made under the cottage food laws by some of the members. However, I have been told by the health department that the museum would need a food service license from the health department. Is this correct or is the health department in error? Thanks.

    Generally health depts are correct and even if they are not in alignment with state laws, they can usually override those laws. In this case, it looks like they are correct and it looks like the info on this page could be clarified more. Thanks for pointing this out!

I can’t find anything on artisan oils and vinegars. Can I sell those?
Thanks!!

Mike

I see fruit Butters and Nuts on the list, would nut butters be covered? I’m thinking of getting a load of cashews in and making cashew butter if that’s allowed. If not I’ll just be tossing the cashews in seasonings and packaging them that way.

Deborah

I am wondering if I can advertise my products as Organic if I use all organic ingredients? I know I can’t use the actual seal without being certified. Thanks!

Aaron Thatcher

Hey, I just wanted to check if you still need to legally register a businessto distribute cottage foods. I noticed that labes require business names. Can that just be the name that you use, or does it have to be official? Any info is useful.

Shannon

I am planning to start a home bakery to sell (non-refrigerated) decorated cakes. These cakes typically consist of several different elements: cake, (non-refrigerated) buttercream icing, fondant icing, and decorations created with some other medium, like gumpaste or modeling chocolate. My question is about the labeling of the finished product. Would I list the ingredients grouped by the different elements of the finished product, like this:

Ingredients: Cake – enriched flour (wheat flour, …), granulated sugar, eggs…; Buttercream Icing – butter (sweet cream, natural flavoring), granulated sugar…; Fondant – powdered sugar (sugar, corn starch)…

Or would I list them all together like this:

Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, …), granulated sugar, eggs, butter (sweet cream, natural flavoring), powdered sugar (sugar, corn starch)…

And if it’s the second method, is it sufficient to list duplicate ingredients only once? For instance, if granulated sugar is used in both the cake and the icing, I should only list it once.

Thank you so much for your help!

    I’m not a labeling expert, but I think you could do it either way. The point is for customers to be aware of what’s in the product for their dietary needs. Personally, I’d separate out the decorations since those could be removed if the customer wanted. If you combined them all together, you should list duplicate ingredients once, but keep in mind that the ingredients should be ordered from highest quantity (by weight) to least.

clarissa

I make several chocolate items. I often make up boxes of assorted candies or mugs with suckers. Do i need to label each item or can I put a label/sticker on the bottom or inside. My labels do have all the correct info. Also who and how do I do taxes?

Hello, I am new to this site, you state that I can sell non refrigerated items at farmers markets and other local events. What is the difference between cottage food kitchens and a home bakery. It states to get a Home Bakery License I can not have dogs. I have 2. Can I still make non refrigerated items for the farmers market.

    The difference with the home bakery license is that you can also sell certain refrigerated items, like cheesecakes and custards. With a home bakery license, you can also do everything that a regular CFO can do. You can have dogs with a HBL as long as they always stay outside.

Do cottage business owners need to legally incorporate the business and apply for an EIN in order to file with the IRS? Is there a help (website) in doing all of the necessary tax information?

    You shouldn’t need to incorporate, but your local planning division might at least require you to get a business license. I think you’d only need to get an EIN if you’re hiring employees, or incorporating. If you’re considering incorporating for protection reasons, many CFOs have found a DBA with insurance to be sufficient. Filing yearly taxes should be the same whether you’re a food business or any other home business. You’ll need to file standard self-employment taxes, and there are tons of online resources to help with that.

Heather

David,
A question if you don’t mind. I have a pet, so a Home Bakery License is out. However, what if I would put a shed-like structure on my property and produce my product in there? The product I would like to sell doesn’t require an oven or refrigeration (well, only 2 of the supplies need refrigeration, not the finished product). Would that be allowed?

Also, am I reading correctly that I can’t vacuum seal my product? I haven’t made it that far into my planning yet, but vacuum sealing the box was something that has crossed my mind. Thank you for your help.

    You would not be able to use the cottage food laws with a separate kitchen like that. You could potentially build a commercial kitchen in a separate building, but that could be prohibitively expensive. http://cottagefoods.org/faq/#commercial

    However, please realize that this page is not an overview of the home bakery license, which you’d only need if you were producing baked goods that require refrigeration. I don’t think there is a pet policy on the cottage food law described above (but you should keep pets out of the kitchen while working).

    If you use the cottage food law, then it’s fine if some of your ingredients require refrigeration (as long as your final product doesn’t). You cannot use vacuum packaging.

    Heather

    David,

    Thank you for your help!

Jill Beck

Are we able to use boxed cake mixes as long as we list the ingredients off of the package? Also do I weigh the cake separately without icing or weigh the entire cake when I create my labels?

Krissy

Hi, I am wanting to make cakes from my home. I live in an apartment, and from what I’m understanding I am able to do this under the Cottage Law, as long as the items don’t require refrigeration. The cakes themselves don’t REQUIRE refrigeration, but it does aid in the structure of the cake for purposes such as cutting/sculpting the cakes. Also, some of the fillings may need to be refrigerated. Would the Cottage Law still cover this? Also, if operating under the Cottage Law, how would I go about securing my business name and being able to advertise my business?

    Refrigerating your items is fine, as long as it’s not required for safety. You are not allowed to make and sell anything that requires refrigeration, like a cake with cream cheese frosting.

    There are different ways to create a business name. I’d recommend getting a DBA, which will secure the name for your county (at least). You can avoid getting a DBA by using your personal name in the business name, but this doesn’t provide any security. If you don’t want anyone else in the state using the name, I believe you have to apply for a trademark, or get your business license via LLC or corporation. Usually the latter is not necessary for a CFO.

Carmen

In the Sample Label, there is an address. Are you required to put your home address on the labels or is PO Box information sufficient?

Susan

Regarding selling at Farmer’s Markets and Markets- does the food need to be fully packaged when sold?
I’m interested in selling some breads and muffins but would like to box them when they are purchased.
I’d like to add the label with the required information as a way to seal the box.

    I don’t see anything in the law that explicitly states this one way or the other, but in most states, all preparation needs to be done in the home. I am pretty sure that this would be the interpretation of Ohio’s ag dept too. Many states even require that samples be prepackaged in the home. One thing I’m almost certain the ag dept wouldn’t like is placing the label on the product after the sale. It’s important for the label to be on the product before the sale so the buyer can easily inspect it before making a decision. Those are my thoughts, but you should call the ag dept and see what they say.

d schimpf

is there any way that i can state that there are animals in the home and still be legally allowed to sell goods?

    d schimpf

    i dont actually see anything specifically saying in Ohio that you cannot have pets… but the federal laws say you cant have pets or kids…

    You’re right that there is no specification about pets, so you can legally sell with them in your home, but I would say that you should make sure they are not in the kitchen while you are preparing your items.

    The Federal Food Code is actually not a law… rather it is a document that is based on a lot of research, and states can choose to adopt it if they want. I’m sure Ohio’s laws are based on some version of it. However, cottage food laws can override certain sections of that law, and in this case, what the Federal Food Code says about pets would not apply to Ohio CFOs.

Benjamin

I am considering making and selling savory and sweet fried pies, would that fall under the cottage law?

    When you say “savory”, do you mean filled with meat? Nothing with meat is allowed. Also, any pies that require refrigeration to be kept safe would not be allowed. It is possible that a fruit pie that’s been fried would be permitted, but you really should check with the ag dept to make sure.

Geraldine Robinson

I want to start selling my own blended seasonings and will be moving to Ohio due to your Cottage Food Laws. I purchase ground garlic and other like ingredients from a spice house, blend them to create my own seasoning blends. I’ll be renting a house and will have a separate space in the house to store dried herbs and seasonings. Since I won’t own the property, I will get permission from the owner I rent from to do so. Is what I just explained as a completed product to sell allowed in your state under Cottage Food Laws?

    Sounds good to me! You might still want to run it by the ag dept though… there could be more factors to consider than what you described.

Michele Hurst

Question about home bakery license…The rules state no carpet in the kitchen and no pets in the home. Does this mean no pet ownership period or no pets in the home when preparing product/food under home bakery license? Im coming from California where Cottage license rule was no pets indoors when preparing.

    It means that you can never have pets inside your home (you can have outdoor pets), and yes, it is different from what California requires.

    Cheryl

    I have a service dog that MUST be with me 24/7 due to my brittle diabetes. A service animal is NOT a pet, but a working animal. They are exempt from this law.

    There may be an exemption for service dogs, but I’m not sure. The concern with pets in a kitchen is that some people have pet allergies… you wouldn’t want a dog hair accidentally landing in any products!

Ted Nitkiewicz

Would a soup mix that contains dry beans and dry onion qualify?

    I know the beans would be okay, but I’m not sure about the dried onion. I would think that if you bought the dried onion from a store, rather than drying it yourself, then they would allow it. Dried produce isn’t on their list of allowed foods, so you really need to call the ag dept (800-282-1955) to confirm that this is allowed.

shavonne

What about cookie dough? Frozen

Peabody

Question regarding labeling:
If I were to bake cupcakes/cakes from a box mix, how would I list my ingredients? Thanks!

Alexandria

I just want to clarify that I am reading this correctly. I am able to make cakes for people (for birthdays, etc) and sell them, without getting some type of license, as long as I label them correctly. I own a party rental business (we rent out popcorn, cotton candy and sno-kone machines) and would love to start offering cakes and cupcakes, but thought it would be more difficult than this.

    It used to be more difficult than this, but yes, that’s all correct and now it’s pretty easy! Everything needs to be prepared in your home kitchen though.

Can I sell my goods wholesale to a retailer as long as they are properly labeled? I was thinking of selling to the coffee shop near my office.

So I can sell cookies, cakes, and cupcakes out of my home as long as I label them. That’s it, right?

    Yes, that’s it. But you should call your local planning division to make sure that there aren’t any other requirements for your area. You also should know that you can’t sell any items that require refrigeration.

Cindy

I see that herbs are on the list, is this only fresh herbs or does it allow dried herbs also? I have considered selling my herbs at a local farmers market but the wilt so quickly if not cool and was wondering if I could take both fresh and dried to sell. Thank you

Amie

I make cupcakes from home. Is my customer allowed to take them into a venue to be eaten? Exaple, let’s say a bowling alley- who is telling her she cannot bring them in unless I have a permit to sell them. What permit do I need?

    So just to clarify: you are selling someone cupcakes, presumably for a party, and they are carrying them into the bowling alley to eat them with others. Why is the bowling alley caring about what food people are bringing in? Do they have a no-food policy like a movie theater or something? Or am I misunderstanding you?

Terry Adams

Do I need a food license to sell Homemade Vanilla Extract in Ohio from my home or a farm market?

Jason

Hi David,
Are Boiled Peanuts (like you would see at the roadside stands all over GA and FL) considered a “cottage food” in Ohio?

Chris

What about if I want to purchase nut and trail mixes from an wholesale company and repackage it in my own decorative boxes is that allowed in ohio. thanks

    Yes, this would be allowed, but I’m not sure if you even need a cottage food operation to do this. It might simply be considered reselling. You should contact your health dept, and if they say you need a CFO to do this, then you can follow the steps on here.

sherry

what about dried fruit mixes?? Also what do you need to sell fresh veggies from your garden?

kimberly

I’m in Ohio, can I make cottage foods and sell them at a flea market?

Doug Hammond

Good day,
I am looking to produce a stuffed pickle & other veggies from home as well as @ festivals & swap meets.
I noticed that there are no veggies on the Cottage list. Could you please direct me to where I would need to go to get all the proper paperwork done to be legal?

    That’s correct — cooked vegetables are not allowed as a cottage food and may not be produced from home. You would need to make them in a commercial kitchen to sell them, and I’d recommend calling your health dept to find out how to get licensed.

Can you just put”ingredient label available upon request” or does it have to be listed on the product?
I make cakeballs and cookies…the cookie ingredients are easy enough, but listing the ingredients for cakeballs and the chocolate coating would require a 4 x 5 label.

    Yes, you really need to label each item, and yes, once you add all the sub-ingredients, the label might be huge. And you’ll want to make sure it’s readable (10-point type) in case a health official walks by.

Don Jones

Can I roast coffee in a dedicated building on our property
Thanks

    Coffee is allowed under the cottage food law, but I’m not sure what you mean by “dedicated building”. Generally speaking, cottage food laws are for products produced in the kitchen in the building where you reside. I’m not sure if this also includes other buildings on someone’s property in Ohio. It is usually easier to convert kitchens in separate buildings to commercial kitchens, which would allow you to be unrestricted in your business venture, though it may be expensive to convert it.

    Don Jones

    Thanks for the reply.
    A 5 lb batch roaster is a pretty big piece of equipment and would not fit in most peoples kitchens. There are also some issues regarding noise, venting , electrical requirements to deal with. I would like to build a roast house ( 10 x 12 shed) to house the roaster and associated equipment. Packaging ; labeling and boxing would be done in our residence.
    Thanks again

    This sounds like a special case scenario that you’ll need to run by your health department. Usually cottage food operations are for small-scale businesses that do not require commercial machinery. In fact, many states prohibit commercial equipment in CFOs, but Ohio’s only limit is that the kitchen have one oven. It sounds like you will need to meet the standards of a regular food business, and since it seems like you are willing to invest some money into this, I think that it is doable from your home. If the roasting is happening in a licensed and inspected building (your shed), the department might allow you to do the packaging in the house, but I still don’t think they’d let you be classified as a cottage food operation (that’s a guess though). Sounds like a unique setup and I hope your business goes well.

Andrew

I was not able to find any specific information on roasting coffee. I understand the oven limitation, but what if an individual is using a coffee roaster? Coffee is a permitted “cottage food,” but are you required to roast it in your oven or can you utilize a separate appliance?

Lori T

David, I am considering opening up a home bakery. I would be concentrating on products that contain dairy, like cheesecakes and creampuffs. Based on the license it appears that special considerations of no carpet in the kitchen and no pets in the home is a requirement. Could you clarify oven and stove limitations? I have a “back – pantry” area that has a double oven (used for holiday gatherings – like that extra turkey!), but I also have my primary everyday kitchen with a standard stove. Is it possible to use both areas for baking, or would I have to limit my baking to one area or the other? Thanks in advance for your response! LT

    My guess is that because you are still making food from home, then the basic requirements would extend to you, meaning that you can either use the double oven or the single oven for your business. The purpose of limiting the ovens used is to make sure your home business doesn’t turn into something large-scale, at which point you should be using a commercial kitchen.

    I’m not exactly sure what back-pantry means, but if it is not connected to your kitchen, then you may not be able to use that oven, depending on how the ag dept interprets the law.

Don Hindenach

David,
My daughter has a mobile kitchen, fully licensed. There is some confusion about whether she can sell her baked good through any venue other than literally through her walk-up window. Would the cottage foods law cover her packaging and selling through distribution?

    I do not know about mobile kitchen laws, but I do know that the cottage food law won’t cover her. The cottage food law is only for someone making all of their product out of their home kitchen.

Jessica

I live in West Virginia; however, I’m also about 5 minutes from Ohio. West Virginia allows home bakeries, but you are restricted to selling the goods at Farmers’ Markets or Events. Therefore, do you know if I would be able to bake in my home at West Virginia under their cottage food laws, but sell in Ohio, such as at a retail location? Thank you!

Laura Harvey

I want to start an online bakery and I live in Ohio. Is there any way to be able to ship to other states? Thank you.

    The only way you can ship to other states is by starting a regular food business, which means that you would need to use a commercial kitchen (not your home kitchen) to produce your products.

Nadene

on the label, what does (10-point type) mean?

    It means that that is the minimum size of font you should use on your label. But really, it is only in the law to ensure that labels are readable. If you can read your label clearly, you don’t have to worry about it.

Vicky hite

Does liquid kefir fall under cottage license sorry new at this. Plus do I have to have separate room from my home kitchen to produce?

    No, drinks are not allowed as cottage foods. If you are producing cottage foods, then you can use your home kitchen — you don’t need a separate one.

Susan

Regarding labeling, does each individual spice need to be listed in a label (cinnamon, cloves, etc.) or can they generally be listed as ‘spices’. I’m imagining it’s better to provide more information than less.

    If you consider them a trade secret, there is a way of requesting that you merge them together into “spices”. If you don’t consider them a trade secret, I’d say just list them out.

melissa

What if we claim that our scones or biscuits are ok for animal consumption? Can we still be governed under this law?

    I don’t believe you can. Usually pet food is not covered by cottage food laws, but I don’t know about Ohio specifically. If you call the ag dept, they may be able to tell you if pet treats are allowed.

Kimber

Where do we get the application? Is it online or do we go somewhere to get it? Thanks!

Bryan

I was under the impression that pure homemade maple syrup fell under the “cottage food” category as well, but I don’t see it on your list above. Are there different requirements for this?

    Syrup is not on the list of allowed foods in the cottage food law. There may be specific laws pertaining to maple syrup, but I couldn’t find them for Ohio. I really don’t know what kind of licenses you would need to produce it. I’d recommend you contact the Ag Dept to learn more.

Sharon Rubio

Does Oh require a vending license for sales from a mobile truck? And do you know if the addition of hot beverage sales changes anything?

    You can sell from a mobile truck as long as you are preparing and packaging your products in your home kitchen. Hot beverages are not cottage foods, so you would need some sort of vendor’s license to sell those, and it would probably be easiest for you to sell prepackaged drinks that you buy from a store. You can call your health department to learn more about how to do this.

Morgan

Is a food preparation certificate mandatory?

    Are you talking about food safety training? Training is not required to get started, but many cottage food operations choose to take an online class (usually about $15) to make sure they are being safe.

    Where would I find the online site to take the course? Thank you.

    Usually there are a ton of them and every food worker in every state has to take one. Just look up “food handlers card” and you should find a number of them. They all essentially cover the same material and are a good way to learn the basics of food safety.

Katherine Altizer

Are dried pasta (egg)noodles allowed to sold via the cottage rules? We are thinking of expanding our current sweet-bread part of the business and was thinking of using the kitchen-aid pasta maker to create egg and non-egg noodles.

Thank You

katherine

If we sell online are we able to sell to somebody in a different state?

    No, the transfer of the product must happen within the state of Ohio. Well technically, you would be able to sell to someone in another state, if they picked up the product in Ohio, but that would probably be rare.

Are your sure that the summation above is correct? In the opening statement “They allow operators to sell as much as they want, and the products may be sold anywhere as long as they are labeled properly”. According to the link that is provided under resources, 901:3-20-05 Prohibitions. states that you cannot sell cottage products OUTSIDE the state of Ohio. Can you please confirm. Thanks so very much

    Michele, sorry for the confusion. When it says “anywhere”, it means any type of place, like markets, restaurants, or online. It does not mean anywhere in the United States… I will change that to clear that up.

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