In Florida, a person can manufacture certain cosmetic soaps, lotions, moisturizers, and creams in their home per Florida Statute 499.01(2)(p). These specific types of cosmetic manufacturers do not require a license, permit, or inspection of ... READ MORE
Are you a Florida Beekeeper interested in selling your honey under Florida's cottage food exemption but uncertain of the rules and regulations?As of July 2021, Section 500.80, Florida Statutes, now referred to as the "Home Sweet Home Act," ... READ MORE
In Florida, a person or entity can produce, package, sell, and store cottage food products in their primary home kitchen per Florida Statute 500.80. Cottage food operators do not require a license or permit, and these operations are not inspected ... READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but ... READ MORE
What is a Cottage Food?
A cottage food product is a non-potentially hazardous food product produced in an unlicensed home kitchen. A person who produces a cottage food product is a Cottage Food Operator.
Does a Cottage Food Operator require ... READ MORE
Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help.
The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts ... READ MORE
Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida?
There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, ... READ MORE