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Cottage Food Operations (CFO)

The California Homemade Food Act allows certain low risk foods, known as Cottage Foods, to be made in private homes and sold to the public.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) approves what products can be made under a CFO permit.  If your proposed product is not on the state-approved list, you can submit a request to CDPH for them to consider adding your product to their approved list.  CFOs are limited to gross annual sales of $50,000.  For more information, visit the state's website:  CDPH: Cottage Food Operations
 
 
 
There are two types of CFO: Class A and Class B
CLASS A
CLASS B
· Requires annual permit with the Department of Environmental Health.
· Direct sales only to the end user within the state.
· 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 or customers may come to the home/meeting location.
· No routine inspection will conducted at the CFO’s home.
· Allowed to sell directly at a temporary event or certified farmer's market for additional permit fees with DEH.*

· CFO is required to pay for any consumer complaint or reported food-borne illness investigations.

· Requires annual permit with the Department of Environmental Health.
· Direct sales and indirect sales (3rd party) allowed within the state.
· 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.
 · Allowed to sell directly at a temporary event, certified farmer's market or at a retail food facility for additional permit fees with DEH.*
· One annual routine inspection is required at the CFO’s home site where the food is prepared.
· CFO is required to pay for any consumer complaint or reported food-borne illness investigations.
 
Cottage Food Fees:
Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health annual fee for Class A and B registration/permit:
 
Class A Permit
(includes 1 hour paperwork review time)*


$219.00
Class B Permit
(includes 1.5 hours paperwork review*
and home inspection)


$635.00
Complaint inspection or re-inspection

*Additional time to review paperwork/labels

$219.00/hour
$219.00/hour
 
Additional permit fees are required if you plan on selling your product at public events such as certified farmers markets, flea markets, temporary events, bake sales, holiday festivals. Please check with the market manager or event coordinator if they will accept CFOs at their events.
 
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Last updated: 12/7/2018 4:42 PM