California Cottage Food Law by County

Did you know the California Cottage Food Law requirements vary by county? There are some counties that allow the use of meringue powder and others that don’t.

September 21, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown, signed the California Cottage Food Law. The law went into effect January 1, 2013. The allows food entrepreneurs to prepare and package, non-hazardous food from their home. The law calls these types of business “Cottage Food Operations” (CFOs).

CFOs must meet certain requirements listed by the California Health and Safety Code:

  • Food entrepreneurs may only prepare foods from a pre-approved list
  • You must take a food processor training course within three months of registering
  • You must follow all proper food safety measures
  • Food labels must follow state and federal guidelines
  • Operating within established gross annual sales limits

The CFO requirements are for all California residents. But, there may be more requirements based on your county. For example, some counties prevent CFO’s from using certain ingredients, like meringue powder. Additionally, some counties also prevent CFO’s from processing certain acidified foods, like pickles.

Cottage Food Operation Requirements

Learn more about the law by reading the California Cottage Food requirements. Please note, some counties do not have special or different requirements. They follow the state requirements. Links on their page may refer main rules and regulations webpage.

Below is the list of California Cottage Food requirements by County.

California Cottage Food Law Requirements by County
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