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Food and Drug Branch


Telephone Number:

(800) 495-3232



Overnight Mailing Address:

​​California Dept. of Public Health

Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Avenue, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899-7435


Regular Mailing Address:

California Dept. of Public Health

Food and Drug Branch

PO Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899-7435


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Cottage Food Operations

New State Law Effective January 1, 2013

Assembly Bill (AB) 1616 authored by Assemblyman Gatto, Chapter 415, Statutes of 2012, was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 21, 2012, effective January 1, 2013.  The bill allows individuals to prepare and/or package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as “cottage food operations” (CFOs).


All cottage food operators will have to 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, and operating within established gross annual sales limits.


Learn more about the State's new requirements for cottage foods from the links provided below.

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