Cottage Food Operator (CFO)
Cottage Food is prepared food perceived to be low-risk for food-related injury or illness. As a low-risk product, Cottage Food can be prepared in a home environment without some of the controls used for a traditional ready-to-eat food such as those foods sold in a restaurant or grocery store. A listing of such foods is specified in our Guide for Cottage Food Operators.
If the food you desire to produce as a CFO is not included in the list of acceptable foods in the Operator’s Guide you may submit an application for review.
Before You Apply:
The following documentation must be attached and submitted with a completed application. Do not submit the application until you are able to provide these items:
- If you are on a well, please submit a recent water test. A list of approved drinking water labs are listed on the Department of Public Health’s website, the lab should be able to arrange testing.
- A certificate of food safety training from a recognized provider.
New Food Application - Food not currently listed as an acceptable cottage food
NEW - Application Information:
- "Paper" applications (pdf files that can be downloaded and printed out) and online applications are located here.
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