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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: 

Additional Information:

NEW - Application Information:

  • "Paper" applications (pdf files that can be downloaded and printed out) and online applications are located here.

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