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Nevada

Nevada’s cottage food law (SB 206) went into effect on July 1st, 2013. The law allows many different types of food products to be sold, but it is restricted in most other ways. Cottage food operators must make all of their sales in-person, and they cannot sell more than $35,000 per year of goods. Operations must be registered with one of the four health districts in the state, and the fee for registration varies by region.

Selling

Internet or phone sales are only allowed when the product gets exchanged in-person.

You may offer food samples at events, but they must be prepared in individual, closed, disposable containers at your home, and the samples may only be opened by the consumer. If you want to offer samples in an open container, then you need to get a temporary food permit.

You can sell anywhere in the state, but you must get registered in districts that are outside your own if you sell there. See the business section for more details.

Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Home-canned goods may not be used in any of your products.

Only "non-potentially hazardous" foods are allowed, but certain non-PHFs may not be allowed. Most foods that don't need to be refrigerated (foods without meat, cheese, etc.) are considered non-potentially hazardous. Learn more

Limitations

Limitations
Sales are limited to $35,000 per year

Business

Registration

Cottage food operations must register with their health department in their district. There are four districts: Southern NevadaWashoe CountyCarson City,  and everywhere else. Registration in most counties is free, but some have a fee — in Clark County, for example, the fee is $100.

Even though it is not required, the health department encourages CFOs to get some form of food safety training.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION"


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, NV 73531


Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)


Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy


NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)


Workplace

In addition to the home, some health departments may also allow food to be prepared in other kitchens, like those in colleges, churches, and some non-profit organizations.

Resources

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Comments

I would like to sell my excess eggs. Is this governed by the Nevada cottage foods law?
Also, I can’t find info for Nye county. Where do I find that?

Hi,
Where can you apply for the cottage website. I am a nutrition coach/personal trainer and would like to sell my natural baked muffins, loafs and pancakes. Where and how do I get started with this? Thanks!

I’m trying to find out if I can sell food ingredients in a jar online. I’m a brand new company & want to sell ingredients for desserts in a jar. Such as, flour, sugar(s), salt, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Will you please direct me to the right place for this or do I have to abide by the Cottage Food requirements? Thank you so much.

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