The Cottage Food Law went into effect on January 1, 2013, allowing the production of certain low risk foods in home kitchens and sales directly and indirectly to the public. Cottage Food Operators (CFO) can prepare and sell “non-potentially hazardous foods,” which are foods that are unlikely to grow harmful bacteria or other toxic microorganisms at room temperature. The list of foods is maintained by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and it is posted here: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
All cottage food operators will have to meet specified requirements pursuant to the California Health & Safety Code related to preparing foods that are on the approved food list. A food processor training course must be completed within three months of approval of the cottage food operation (CFO). The CFO must implement sanitary conditions, maintain food labels in accordance with federal and state regulations and comply with established gross annual sales limits.
Additional information from the California Department of Public
Health may be found here.
|Types of Cottage Food Operations|
|Please complete the appropriate application
packet and either submit in person at our Kearny Mesa
Location (5500 Overland Ave. San Diego, CA 92123), or via
email at FHDCottageFood@sdcounty.ca.gov. NOTE:
Please remember that label samples
for every product you wish to sell need to be submitted with
your completed application packet.