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Cottage Food Laws in Maryland [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Maryland

Maryland's definition of a cottage food business, per COMAR 10.15.03, describes it as a venture that produces or packages cottage food items in a residential kitchen, with annual revenues from these products not surpassing $50,000. As of October 1, 2022, the annual sales threshold for such businesses was raised from $25,000 to $50,000.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Maryland Cottage Food Laws

Cottage food products must be prepackaged and labeled with the business name and address or a unique identification number. The label should list the product name, ingredients in descending order by weight, net weight/volume, allergen information for major food allergens, and nutritional information if any claims are made. Additionally, a statement declaring the product was made by a cottage food business exempt from Maryland's food safety regulations must be included. If sold at retail stores, labels should also feature the cottage food business's phone number, email address, and the date the product was made.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Maryland

In Maryland, a Cottage Food Operation refers to a small-scale food production venture run from a personal residence. This program allows individuals to prepare certain low-risk foods, such as baked goods, jams, and candies, in their home kitchens for sale directly to consumers. There are specific guidelines and limitations set by the state regarding the types of foods allowed, sales venues, and annual revenue limits for Cottage Food Operations in Maryland.


Maryland Department of Health

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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