Can my food product be made in a home kitchen?

Home kitchens are not permitted to be used to prepare food that will be served or packaged and sold to consumers unless it is a food product that meets the requirements of the cottage food exemption law. Foods that meet these requirements are: baked cookies, baked cakes, baked high-acid fruit pies (apple, apricot, grape, peach, plum, quince, orange, nectarine, blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry and red currants), baked breads and candy.

Note that moist quick breads like zucchini, pumpkin and banana may be potentially hazardous and may require product testing.

To get more information about product testing please see the Product Testing Form and Product Testing Fact Sheet.

More information about the Cottage Food Exemption Law can be found on the South Carolina Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Compliance Website.