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Environmental Management
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Cottage Food Program

Cottage Food Bill Signed by Governor Brown -- Becomes Effective January 1, 2013 

Assembly Bill 1616-Cottage Food Operations (CFO) was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 21, 2012, and becomes effective January 1, 2013. This law allows certain non-potentially hazardous foods to be made in a private home and sold directly to consumers or restaurants and markets.

Do you qualify as a Cottage Food Operation? Follow the CCDEH Flowchart  to find out.

List of Cottage Food Operations (CFOs) permitted/registered in Sacramento County

The following is an overview of requirements. For the complete text of the law, please view: California State Assembly Bill No. 1616.

Cottage
Food

CLASS A

  • Sold directly from CFO to Consumer

CLASS B

  • Sold directly from CFO to Retail Food Facilities (e.g., markets, bakeries), and, optionally:
  • Sold directly from CFO to Consumer
Approved Foods

Baked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc. (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list for complete list)

Baked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc. (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list for complete list)

Gross Sales Limit
  • $35,000 or less in gross sales in 2013
  • $45,000 or less in gross sales in 2014
  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond
  • $35,000 or less in gross sales in 2013
  • $45,000 or less in gross sales in 2014
  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond
Application
&
Fees
Inspections
  • Consumer Complaint Inspections
  • Consumer Complaint Inspections
  • Annual Routine Inspection

    An initial/routine inspection of a Class B CFO must be performed in order to obtain a permit to operate.

 

Handouts

 

Additional Requirements

 

Check with your local City or County regarding required Business licenses

 

Further Information

For additional information about the Cottage Food Program, please contact EMD at the address below:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Health Division
10590 Armstrong Avenue
Mather, CA 95655-4153

916-875-8440
916-875-8513 (fax)
emdinfo@saccounty.net



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