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Woman_canning1.jpgThe 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 Montgomery.

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 safety course.

“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 says.

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 to consumers.

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 exceed $20,000.

For more information about the June 5 training, call (334) 270-4133.


Leslie Cook

6/25/2014 12:10 PM
Will there be another one of these any time soon?

Brenda Embery

7/10/2014 6:44 PM
Hi, I am interested in the Cottage Food Law and would like to know when is the next  training class, I just received information and missed the first one, also are the training session only in Montgomery, or are there other locations and will there be other places such as Huntsville for the training. I would appreciate if you could get me more information about this, because I have other people interested as well.

Thank you
Brenda Embery.

Virginia Washington

7/21/2014 8:18 PM
Hi, I am interested in the Cottage Food Law and would like to know when is the next training class and where it will be held in Huntsville, Alabama. (Madison County)
Thank you
Virginia Washington

Jessica wilson

8/4/2014 12:10 PM
I am from Birmingham and I also would like to know when the next cottage food law training classes will take place?

Jean Weese

8/6/2014 2:46 PM
We are in teh process of scheduling the Cottage foods classes all over the state.  Call you r COunty Extension office and they will tell you when the next class is scheduled or they will put you in touch with the person that does the training so they can set up a class in your area. 

Charlotte Beaube

9/18/2014 1:04 PM
I would like to sign up for the Oct 6 class located in St. Clair Co, Pell City.  I left my information with Angela Treadaway. I do no see another location in which to sign up.  Thank you

10/12/2014 6:21 PM
can home made salsa be sold  at home under the  new law

Sabrina Simon

11/18/2014 12:49 PM
Id like to know when the next class is being offered.
And where?  Any information would be great. Thanks!

Stacey Schlaman

11/19/2014 9:59 PM
I read that the SafeServe Manager certification can be used to comply with the Cottage Food Law.  If so, how should I proceed to start selling my products?

Teresa Droddy

1/10/2015 9:35 AM
Interested in the Cottage class, when and where will be the next class scheduled for?
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