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The first training aimed at helping Alabama entrepreneurs
comply with Alabama’s new Cottage Food Law will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday,
June 5 at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 5340 Atlanta Highway in
The new law, which went into effect June 1, allows anyone to
sell nonhazardous foods made in the home directly to consumers.
Nonhazardous foods specified by the new law include cakes,
cookies, dried herbs, jams and jellies.
At Auburn University Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety
specialist who heads the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s food safety team,
says that while these foods are not subject to inspection by the local public
health department, the preparers of these foods are required to attend a food
“This food safety course, which is required by the new
Cottage Food Law, teaches basic food safety steps with the goal of ensuring
that the food sold to friends and neighbors is as safe as possible,” Weese
The training that will begin June 5 is especially tailored
to help cottage food entrepreneurs comply with this act.
“The concepts taught in this class will apply specifically
to foods prepared in the home,” Weese says, adding that participants will
receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
The Cottage Food Law requires entrepreneurs to attend this
prescribed safety course every 5 years.
The cost of each course is $25.
The ServSafe Food Safety certification that is provided by
Alabama Extension and other agencies can also be used to comply with the new
law, Weese says.
Under the new Cottage Food Law, home prepared food cannot be
sold to restaurants, novelty chops, grocery stores or over the Internet.
Likewise, the law prohibits certain foods, including baked
goods with ingredients that require refrigeration, from being sold to directly
These include custard pies, Danish with creamed fillings and
cakes with whipped toppings. Products
that are also prohibited under the law include juices from fruits and
vegetables, milk products, soft and hard cheeses, pickles, barbecue sauces,
canned fruits and vegetables, garlic in oil and meats in any form.
The Cottage Food Law also requires entrepreneurs to include
labels bearing the following information on their products: the name of the individual entrepreneur(s) or
business; the address of the individual(s) or business; and the statement that
the food is not inspected by the Department of Public Health.
Sales prescribed under the Alabama Cottage Food Law Cannot
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