Cottage Foods

Update!

Legislation was passed during the 2016 Legislative Session that changes Colorado’s Cottage Foods Act. See SB16-058 for the most current Cottage Foods Act changes.

Information on this website will be updated soon to reflect the legislative changes.

What are Cottage Foods in Colorado?

A limited range of foods that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. These foods are limited to spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, and baked goods, including candies.

Foods produced under this act must be sold only directly to ultimate consumers and not to grocery stores or restaurants; and must be sold only on the producer’s premises, at the producer’s roadside stand, or at a farmers’ market, community-supported agriculture organization, or similar venue where the product is sold directly to consumers.

Read the full text of the initial Colorado Cottage Foods Act. This Act became a state law on March 15, 2012. Additional changes were made to the Act during the 2013 Legislative Session. Visit the updated Act, as of April 4, 2013, by clicking here.

Food Handler Training Options

The Act states that “a producer must take a food safety course that includes basic food handling training and is comparable to, or is a course given by, the Colorado state university extension service or a state, county, or district public health agency, and must maintain a status of good standing in accordance with the course requirements, including attending any additional classes if necessary.”

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