A Comprehensive Guide to Homemade Food Business in Texas

    Round 2011**

     

    That was a year when the first cottage food law passed in a late-session Hail Mary legislative maneuver, facing hard opposition from state health departments and city governments.

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    • Baked goods, jams, jellies, and dried herb mixes
    • Sales could take place only at the home
    • Internet sales prohibited
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    Evolution of the Texas Cottage Food Law*

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    Round 2013**

     

    After two consecutive years, the retailers came out in force against homemade food operators.  Grassroots work was critical to pass HB 970. This bill significantly expanded the 2011 legislation.

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    • Baked goods, jams, jellies, dried herb mixes, candy, fruit pies, dry mix, vinegar, dried coffee beans, dry tea, cereal, popcorn, granola, pickles, dehydrated fruits or vegetables, mustard, and unroasted nut butter
    • Sales at the home, by delivery, at a farmers market, farm stand, or a non-profit or municipal fair, festival, or event
    • Internet sales prohibited

    Round 2019**

     

    It took about six years and the SB 572 was a bipartisan bill with nearly unanimous legislative support. 

     

     

     

     

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

     

    • Includes all previously allowed foods, plus;
    • Any food, excluding meat, that does not require time or temperature control (TCS) to prevent spoiling
    • Pickled fruits and vegetables, fermented vegetables, and acidified canned foods including salsa
    • Direct sales anywhere in Texas
    • Local (within State) internet sales allowed

     

     

    *The information contained in this fact sheet is not intended as legal advice. Consult with your attorney accordingly. 

    **Credit: farmandranchfreedom.org 

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