Cottage Foods: The California Homemade Food Act
CA Assembly Bill 1616, known as the CA Homemade Food Act, went into effect on January 1, 2013. This new state law allows persons to prepare certain non-potentially hazardous foods in their home kitchen for sale to the public. If you have questions about becoming permitted as a Cottage Food Operator, consult your local Environmental Health Department. Contact information and other resources on cottage food are listed below.
CDH's page on Cottage Food Operations provides information on the State's new requirements and guidelines, including a list of approved foods, frequently asked questions, registration and permit requirements, labeling requirements, and training opportunities.
The Environmental Health Departments in Inyo & Mono Counties provide additional guidance for Cottage Food Operators, including a self-certification checklist, food handler certification, online training courses and CFO guidelines:
- Inyo County Environmental Health Department - scroll down to the FOOD PROGRAM section
- Mono County Environmental Health Department - Cottage Food Operations
California Home Kitchens Now Producing Cottage Foods - article from Food Safety News. January 3, 2013.