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California Homemade Food Act (AB1616)

AB1616, the California Homemade Food Act was signed into law on September 21, 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown and is effective January 1, 2013.  This new law allow certain foods, known as Cottage Foods, to be made in private homes and sold to the public.  Individuals who own and run these home-based businesses will be known as Cottage Food Operators (CFO's).

Operating a CFO business requires compliance with registration, licensing and permitting requirements. Once authorized as a CFO business, you are allowed to prepare only non-potentially hazardous foods in the home you live in.  The food you wish to prepare must be listed on the State's approved list of food products.  You are allowed to sell the food you prepared to the public, either directly or indirectly.  The following information will help you deicde the class of Cottage Food Operation (CFO) that suits your business and what you have to do to qualify as a CFO with the local Health Department.


Cottage Food FAQ's   (PDF)

Approved Cottage Foods    (PDF)

AB1616: the California Homemade Food Act     (PDF)

Application process for Cottage Food Operation   (PDF)

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