California Cottage Food Laws by County

If you have been searching for the California Cottage Food Law, they are regulated by individual county. That’s right, by county. There are some counties that allow the use of meringue powder and others that don’t. The rules and regulations are not the same for every county. Crazy right?

September 21, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown, signed the California Cottage Food Law. The law went into effect on January 1, 2013. The allows food entrepreneurs to prepare and package, non-hazardous food from their home. The law calls these types of business “Cottage Food Operations” (CFOs). CFOs must meet certain requirements listed by the California Health and Safety Code, but unfortunately, the oversight of CFO is regulated by the County Public Health Department. If you cannot locate your county Cottage Food Law send us a message and we’ll locate it for you.

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