What is a Cottage Food Operation?
A Cottage Food Operation is defined as the production or packaging of non-potentially hazardous food in a kitchen of a person’s primary domestic residence for direct sale by the owner or family members, and stored in the residence where the food is made.
What Foods are Permitted?
Only non-potentially hazardous baked goods, jams, fruit preserves, fruit butters, dry herbs, dry herb blends, and dry tea blends that are intended for end-use consumption are permitted.
Jams, Jellies, Preserves:
Only high acid jams, jellies, and preserves are permitted. The following are allowed: Apple, apricot, grape, peach, plum, quince, orange, nectarine, tangerine, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, boyensberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, red currants, or a combination of those fruits.
Only high acid fruit butters are permitted. The following are allowed: apple, apricot, grape, peach, plum, quince, and prune.
Baked goods, such as, but not limited to , breads, cookies, cakes, pies and pastries are permitted. The following high-acid fruit pies are permitted: apple, apricot, grape, peach, plum quince, orange, nectarine, tangerine, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, boyensberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, red currants, or a combination of those fruits.
What foods are NOT permitted for sale by a Cottage Food Operation?
Any potentially hazardous food (as defined by the FDA Food Code or subsequent amendments) is prohibited from being produced and sold under the cottage food law. That includes, but is not limited to, meat products, dairy products, canned vegetables, pickled products, raw seed sprouts and generally any food item that requires time and temperature control for food safety.
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves: Not permitted are Rhubarb, tomato, and pepper jellies or jams.
Fruit Butters: Not permitted include pumpkin, banana, and pear butters.
Baked Goods: Baked Goods that are not permitted are Pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, cheese cake, custard pies, crème pies, and pastries with potentially hazardous fillings or toppings.
Where may a Cottage Food Operation sell its products?
A cottage food operation may only sell products at a farmers market in Illinois. A farmers market is defined as a common facility or area where farmers gather to sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and other locally produced farm and food products directly to consumers. Items sold by a cottage food operation are intended for end use only. Gross receipts from the sale of food exempted under the cottage food law may not exceed $25,000 in a calendar year.
What are labeling requirements?
- Items produced by cottage food operations must be packaged and labeled with the following information:
- Name and address of the cottage food operation
- The common usual name of the food product
- All ingredients of the food product, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives, listed in descending order by predominance of weight shown with common or usual names
- The following phrase: “This product was produced in a home kitchen not subject to public health inspection that may also process common food allergens”
- The date the product was processed
- Allergen labeling as specified in federal labeling requirements
For further information, please contact the Cumberland County Health Department
PO Box 130
200 S Indiana
Toledo, IL 62468
217 849 3211