Cottage Food Operations


A “Cottage Food Production Operation” is a person who, in the person’s home, produces food items that are not potentially hazardous foods (non-perishable), including bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, fruit butter, popcorn, no bake cookies, dry bakery mixes, and similar products. These foods must be labeled properly or they will be considered misbranded or adulterated. Note: For a complete list of allowed food products please reference to the links located below.


Cottage food operations are exempt from licensing and inspection. However, all food products produced and packaged by a cottage food operation are subject to food sampling conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to determine compliance with labeling regulations.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding cottage food operations, please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Division at 1-800-282-1955, Ext. 4366 or e-mail: