State Health Council approves proposed rules for cottage foods

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State Health Council approves proposed rules for cottage foods

BISMARCK, N.D. – In a special meeting today, the State Health Council approved proposed rules for cottage food products. The rules do not add additional regulation but clarify what is currently written into state law under the North Dakota Cottage Foods Act. The approved rules will be submitted to the Legislative Council and placed on the agenda for the Administrative Rules Committee meeting in December.     

The North Dakota Cottage Foods Act allows for the sale of uninspected, homemade cottage food products to an informed end consumer for at-home consumption. The law became effective on Aug. 1, 2017, after approval by the 65th Legislative Assembly.

“It’s not uncommon for law to need additional clarification after a new bill is passed,” said Mylynn Tufte, North Dakota State Health Officer. “The proposed rules clarify definitions and language to the benefit of both business owners and public health. It also addresses public health concerns over low-acid home canned foods that may produce serious illness such as botulism. Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of North Dakotans and the proposed rules do that.”

The proposed rules do not affect baked goods, jams, jellies and hundreds of other food and drink products adopted under the original Cottage Foods Act. In addition, the proposed rules define and clarify procedures relating to illness or environmental health investigations.  

For more information on cottage foods or to read the proposed rules, visit ndhealth.gov/foodlodging/cottagefood.asp.

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