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Cottage Food Laws in Georgia [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Georgia

Cottage foods, produced and packaged in a home kitchen by a vendor, are intended for direct sale to consumers and are non-potentially hazardous for human consumption. Georgia permits licensed cottage food operators to sell these items at non-profit events, for-profit events, and through online sales but restricts distribution to retail stores, restaurants, or institutions without a Food Sales Establishment License. Additionally, shipping cottage food products across state lines or wholesale distribution is prohibited without appropriate licensing.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Georgia Cottage Food Laws

For direct sales of Cottage Food Products (e.g., custom cakes for individuals), specific labeling is required: 1. Include the business name and home address of the cottage food operator on the package. 2. A prominent label stating "MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO STATE FOOD SAFETY INSPECTIONS" in Times New Roman or Arial font, at least 10-point size, and in a contrasting color to the label's background.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Georgia

In Georgia, a Cottage Food Operation refers to a small-scale food business run from a home kitchen, producing non-potentially hazardous foods like baked goods, jams, and candies. These operations are allowed to sell directly to consumers at places like farmers' markets or from their homes without requiring a commercial license. However, there are restrictions on income, food types, and sales locations that vary based on local regulations and the specific Cottage Food laws in Georgia.


Georgia Department of Agriculture

This dashboard is provided as an informational resource and is not affiliated with the above department. While we strive to keep our information accurate and up to date, we do not claim to provide official legal advice or representations regarding cottage food laws or any other regulations. Laws and regulations can change frequently, and they can vary significantly by location. We encourage all users to consult their local health department or a legal professional to obtain the most current information and advice specific to their circumstances.

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