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
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.