Cottage Food

The Proposed Cottage Food Rules:

  • Keeps the health and safety of consumers as the priority.

  • Does not add regulation to cottage food products.

  • Clarifies what is already stated in the current law to the benefit of both public health and business owners.

  • Only affects low-acid home canned foods (canned green beans, Brussels sprouts, peas, asparagus, vegetable soups, etc.) but does not affect baked goods, jams, jellies, and hundreds of other food and drink products adopted under the original Cottage Food Act.

  • Defines and clarifies procedures relating to illness or environmental health complaint investigations.

Cottage Food Act

During North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly (2017), House Bill 1433 was passed regarding direct producer to consumer sales of cottage food products and ND Cottage Foods Act became effective August 1, 2017.

The ND Cottage Foods Act allows for the sale of uninspected, homemade cottage food products to an informed, end consumer for at-home consumption. This provides new opportunities for small, start-up businesses and home-based operations without the need for license or inspection fees. While enriching a new market and making new food products available to citizens of our state, the health and safety of the consumers is something both health departments and the business owners know is vital. Below are a few great resources to help business owners ensure their Cottage Food products are of the highest quality.

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