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California Homemade Food Act - AB 1616 (GATTO)

Last modified: 8/6/2014 4:22 PM
The California Homemade Food Act was signed into law in September 2012 and became effective on January 1, 2013.  The new law will allow certain low risk 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 Operations (CFO).  Specifics on the Cottage Food Bill can be found on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website or below at the "Related items" section.
 
CFO Requirements:
Cottage Foods are limited to low risk foods.  The approved list of foods is posted below at the "Related items" section.
 
CFO’s are limited to the following annual sales:
Calendar Year                                                                                   Gross Annual Sales
In 2013.............................................................................................. $35,000
In 2014.............................................................................................. $45,000
In 2015 and in subsequent years...................................................... $50,000
 
 
There are two types of CFO:  Class A and Class B
CLASS A
CLASS B
·         Requires Annual Registration with the Department of Environmental Health.
·         Direct sales only to the end user (sold from the home and special events such as holiday bazaars, bake sales, certified farmers markets)
·         Advertising and transactions made on the internet are okay but NOT for shipping the product via courier service/mail/FedEx/UPS. Product may be delivered by the CFO within the county only.
·         No routine inspection will conducted at the CFO’s home.
·         Investigation/inspection may be required if there are complaints filed by the public (*CFO required to pay for this inspection).
·         Requires Annual Permit with the Department of Environmental Health.
·         Direct and Indirect sales allowed (indirect to 3rd party).
·         Advertising and transactions made on the internet are okay but NOT for shipping the product via courier service/mail/FedEx/UPS. Product may be delivered by the CFO within the county only.
·         Permission is required by the receiving county prior to 3rd party sales in other counties.
·         One annual routine inspection is required at the CFO’s home site where the food is prepared.
·         Additional inspection may be required if there are complaints filed by the public.
 
Cottage Food Fees:
Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health annual fee for Class A and B registration/permit:
Class A
$219.00
Class B
$635.00
Complaint inspection or re-inspection
$219.00/hour
 *Additional permit fees will be required if you plan on selling your product at public events such as certified farmers markets, flea markets, temporary events, bake sales, holiday festivals.
 
 For more information on Santa Clara County's CFO Submission requirement, please refer to the Cottage Food Operation Guidelines posted below at the "Application and Documents" section.