Did you know the California Cottage Food Law requirements vary by county? It’s true. There are some counties that allow the use of meringue powder and other’s that don’t.
The California Cottage Food Law became a law on September 21, 2012, by Governor Brown. And on January 1, 2013, the law became effective. What does the law mean? Individuals can prepare and/or package certain non-hazardous foods in private-home kitchens. Referred to as “cottage food operations” (CFOs).
All CFOs must meet specified requirements pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code related to:
- Preparing foods that are on the approved food list
- Completing a food processor training course within three months of registering
- Implementing sanitary operations
- Establishing state and federal compliant labels
- Operating within established gross annual sales limits
The CFO requirements are for all California residents. Each County in California, however, may have extra requirements. These requirements may prevent CFO’s from preparing certain foods. For example, some CFO’s cannot use meringue powder. These requirements may also prevent CFO’s from processing certain acidified foods like pickles.
If you want to learn more about cottage foods review the California Cottage Food requirements. Please note that some counties do not have special or different requirements. They abide by the state cottage food requirements and any links on their page will refer you to the State of California Cottage Food rules and regulations webpage.