What are my food labeling requirements?

All cottage food products must be properly labeled in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. Sec.343 et. seq... The label shall include:

  • The words "Made in a Home Kitchen" in 12-point font type.
  • The name commonly used for the food product.
  • The registration or permit number of the CFO (we will supply you these numbers after we process your application and all requirements have been completed) and the name of the local health department that issued the number.
  • Product ingredients in descending order by weight.
  • Net quantity (count, weight, or volume) of the product in both English units (pounds, ounces, etc.) and Metric units (kilograms, grams, etc.)
  • A declaration of any of the eight major food allergens present in the product. (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish,)

Cottage foods sold in a permitted food facility without packaging or labeling shall be identified to the customer as homemade on the menu, menu boards, or other easily accessible location. Please see our list of sample labels (PDF).

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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?