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Cottage Food Operations

Food Preparation in a Private Home

A Cottage Food Operation (CFO) is an enterprise at a private home where low-risk (non-potentially hazardous) food products are prepared or packaged
for sale to consumers.

AB 1616 -  California Homemade Food Act for Cottage Food Operations goes into effect January 1, 2013.

All individuals engaged in a Cottage Food Operation must be Registered/Permitted by the County of Lake, Department of Environmental Health.

AB 1616 - Cottage Food Operations Frequently Asked Questions

A external link to a informational video provided courtesy of Yolo County Environmental Health Services describing what types of food products are allowed in Cottage Food Operations and requirements for operators.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has established a list of current approved foods that meet the definition as non-potentially hazardous. Additional foods may be added and removed through a 30-day process. The list of current approved foods includes the following:

Baked goods without cream, custard or meat fillings (bread, churros, cookies, pastries, tortillas, etc.)
Candy, including chocolate covered nuts and dried fruit
Dried fruit and pasta
Dry baking mixes, granolas, cereals, and trail mixes
Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales
Honey, jams, jellies and fruit butters
Nut mixes, nut butters and popcorn
Vinegar and mustards
Roasted coffee and dried tea
Waffle cones and pizelles

Cottage Food Operator Registration / Permitting Form
Cottage Food Operations Self Certification Checklist