Washington D.C. passed the “Cottage Food Amendment Act of 2013” (B20-0168) at the end of 2013. The law allows cottage food operations to make a wide variety of food, but unfortunately they are only allowed to sell at farmers markets and other public events. Furthermore, CFOs are limited to $25,000 per year of sales.
Products may only be sold at public events.
Before selling any products, a cottage food operation must register with the “Cottage Food Business Registry”. The application to register is not yet online, so you should call the health department for both the registration and the inspection (Food Safety Dept: 202-535-2180).
CFOs also need to get a Home Occupation Permit for a one-time fee of $72.60.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"Made by a cottage food business that is not subject to the District of Columbia's food safety regulations." (10-point type)
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)
The cottage food business identification number must also be on the label.
If a nutritional claim is made (such as “low fat”), a nutrition facts panel must be added to the label.