When did the Cottage Food Act (AB1616) go into effect?

The law became effective January 1, 2013. The law requires the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to carry out certain tasks associated with implementation; among the tasks assigned to this state agency are providing food processor's training, posting approved cottage foods on their website, and establishing a process for adding and removing food from the approved cottage food lists. The law also imposes certain responsibilities on local planning and environmental health jurisdiction. The California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) is working with other stakeholders to ensure that the law is implemented in an orderly, effective, and uniform manner.

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1. When did the Cottage Food Act (AB1616) go into effect?
2. What is a Cottage Food Operation (CFO)?
3. What is meant by a "private home"?
4. Can a CFO have employees?
5. Are there limitations on the size of a CFO's sales?
6. What kinds of foods can be made at a CFO?
7. What are the two classifications of CFOs?
8. What is meant by "direct sale" of cottage food?
9. What is meant by "indirect sale" of cottage food?
10. What are the CFO's operational requirements?
11. Do I need any special training or certification to become a CFO?
12. Can I expand my home kitchen area square footage to accommodate my cottage food operation?
13. Does a CFO need a permit to operate?
14. How much will the registration or permit cost the CFO?
15. Will my CFO registration/permit allow me to sell at other retail venues?
16. Can I sell my cottage foods products online?
17. If I have CFO registration or permit from another county other than Placer County, can I sell my products in Placer County?
18. How often will a CFO be inspected?
19. What are my food labeling requirements?
20. I want to become a CFO, what should I do now?
21. Is there a printable version of the FAQs?