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Cottage Food Laws in Wisconsin [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Cottage Food industry faced legislative constraints, allowing canned goods but restricting baked goods sales. After a legal battle initiated by three farmers, Judge Duane Jorgenson overturned the ban on selling home baked goods on May 31, 2017. This ruling, effective from October 2, 2017, extended to all residents of Wisconsin. Despite the passage of the "Cookie Bill" (Senate Bill 271) in the Senate on June 5, 2017, it awaits committee hearings and approval in the Assembly, followed by the Governor's signature to become law, potentially impacting home-based baking sales statewide.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Wisconsin Cottage Food Laws

Labeling requirements for Cottage Food Production Operations mandate accurate information on product labels, including the product name, ingredient listing in descending order by weight, net weight or volume statement, and manufacturer's details like name, address, and zip code. Nutrition information is necessary unless specifically exempted, ensuring consumers have comprehensive details about the food being offered or distributed for sale.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Wisconsin

Cottage Food Operations involve selling homemade food directly to consumers within the same state, typically at farmers' markets, town celebrations, and certain community events. Sales occur in-person, directly from the producer to the consumer, excluding for-profit events or regular licensed food-sales gatherings. This regulation restricts interstate sales, allowing products to be sold solely within the state of production.


Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

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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