Cottage Food Operation - AB 1616
New Cottage Food Legislation (California
Homemade Food Act)
Assembly Bill 1616, known as the Cottage Food Bill,
was passed into law on September 21, 2012 and became active on January 1, 2013.
This law allows for the manufacturing and sale of specific low-risk food
products from a private home.
We would like to assist you in starting up
your new Cottage Food Operation (CFO). The application process is simple and
streamlined to assist you in getting your new operation up and running quickly
to produce safe and properly labeled homemade food products. You should begin
by deciding what food(s) you will be making and selling, and how you will be
selling these food products (directly or indirectly to the public). Once you
have this information, you can begin the application process. Make sure to read
the below additional information to ensure your food is approved for Cottage
Food Operations, and you are familiar with the requirements.
two classifications of CFOs:
Class A Cottage Food Operations - Annual
Registration Fee $40
Class A CFOs are only allowed to engage in "direct
sale" of cottage food. "Direct sale" means a transaction between a CFO operator
and a consumer, where the consumer purchases the cottage food product direct
from the CFO. Direct sales include, but are not limited to, transactions at
holiday bazaars or other temporary events, such as bake sales or food swaps,
transactions at farm stands, certified farmers' markets, or through
community-supported agriculture subscriptions, and transactions occurring in
person in the cottage food operation.
Class B Cottage Food
Operations -Annual Registration Fee $155
Class B CFOs may engage in
both "direct sale" and "indirect sale" of cottage food. "Indirect sale" means
an interaction between a CFO, a third-party retailer, and a consumer, where
the consumer purchases cottage food products made by the CFO from a third-party
retailer that holds a valid permit issued by the local environmental health
agency in their jurisdiction. Indirect sales include, but are not limited to,
sales made to retail shops or to retail food facilities where food may be
immediately consumed on the premises.
addition, please contact the City of Long Beach Business Licensing Division at
562-570-6211 for possible additional requirements.
Check the following
links for additional information you may find helpful in starting up your
Cottage Food Operation:
If you have any questions, please
contact Monica Cardenas at 562-570-4494 or email us at email@example.com
We look forward to working with you to make your new business a