Alaska’s cottage food law is fairly flexible, though only direct, in-person sales are allowed, and producers are limited to $25,000 of sales per year. The law allows most non-potentially hazardous foods, including many items that are not allowed in other states, like soda and some types of fruit juices. Some higher-risk products need to be tested to ensure they are safe, which costs about $20 – $30 per product, and each producer must get a business license, which costs $50 per year.
The Municipality of Anchorage has their own ordinance for their food program, so this law may not apply there.
The person selling the product needs to know detailed info about the product, including the ingredients used and how the food was prepared.
Any food is allowed as long as it is non-potentially hazardous (meaning it has the right combination of pH value and water activity level). However, certain items require lab testing to determine their pH and/or Aw values. Please see the list of allowed foods for more info on what’s required for specific items.
Only berry and rhubarb juices are allowed.
All cottage food operations need to get a business license before starting their business, which costs $50 per year.
No license from the health department is required.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INSPECTION"
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, AK 73531
Phone: (123) 456-7890
The label must go on each product, but the statement “THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INSPECTION” can either be placed on the label or on a prominent placard at the point of sale. However, if making the food in a commercial kitchen, this statement is not necessary.
The name, address, and phone number can be replaced with your business license number.
Cottage food operations are allowed to make their products in a commercial kitchen, as well as their home kitchen.
- Department of Environmental Conservation
- Environmental Health - Food Safety & Sanitation
Environmental Health Officers
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- (907) 474-5211
- 308 Tanana Loop, Room 101
P.O. Box 756180
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6180
- June 2012
- Alaska Food Code Amendment