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​​California Dept. of Public Health

Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Avenue, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814


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California Dept. of Public Health

Food and Drug Branch

PO Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899-7435

Cottage Food Operations

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 CFOs 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
  • Operating within established gross annual sales limits

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

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