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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Food Safety Training Course

Food Safety and Preservation

Alabama Cottage Food Law – Start Your Home Base Business

Please contact the Bibb County Extension Office at 205-926-4310 for information on the next training to be held at the First US Bank, Brent, AL on Thursday, July 30, 2015, 10:00 A.M.—12:30 P.M..

The new Cottage Food Law went into effect June 1, 2014. This law will allows anyone to prepare nonhazardous foods at their home and sell directly to consumers. Nonhazardous foods specified by the new law include cakes, cookies, dried herbs, jams and jellies.

Janice Hall, Regional Extension Agent in Food Safety, Preservation and Preparation says that while these foods are not subject to inspection by the local public health department, the preparers of these foods are required to attend a food safety course. This food safety course, which is required by the new Cottage Food Law, teaches basic food safety steps with the goal of ensuring that the food sold to friends and neighbors is as safety as possible. The concepts taught in this class will apply specifically to foods prepared in the home. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

The Cottage Food Law requires entrepreneurs to attend this prescribed safety course every 5 years. The cost of each course will be $25. The ServSafe certification that provided by Alabama Extension and other agencies can also be used to comply with the new law.

Under the new cottage food law, home prepared food cannot be sold to restaurants, novelty chops, grocery stores or over the Internet.Likewise, the law prohibits certain foods from being sold to directly to consumers, including baked goods with ingredients that require refrigeration. These include custard pies, Danish with creamed fillings and cakes with whipped toppings. Products that are also prohibited under the law include juices from fruits and vegetables, milk products, soft and hard cheeses, pickles, barbecue sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, garlic in oil and meats in any form.

The Cottage Food Law also requires entrepreneurs to include labels on their products bearing the following information: the name of the individual entrepreneur(s) or business; the address of the individual(s) or business; and the statement that the food is not inspected by the Department of Public Health.

Sales prescribed under the Alabama Cottage Food Law Cannot exceed $20,000.