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Utah Cottage Food

Cottage Food Law

Utah has two laws that allow for the sale of homemade food. This page is for Utah’s cottage food law, which has existed since 2007.

Utah also has a newer food freedom law, which is much easier to setup and allows many more types of food items, but is more restricted in other ways. If you only plan to sell from home or at farmers markets, you will likely want to use that law.

This older cottage food law requires a lengthy (and potentially expensive) application process, but once setup, a cottage food operation can sell at almost any location within the state. Most nonperishable foods are allowed, and there is no sales limit, so this law is generally quite flexible.

However, the setup process involves food handler training, a home inspection, a $50 application, detailed written recipes, labels, multiple business plans, and possibly product testing at a lab. There are also many kitchen requirements, including keeping 14-day samples of every batch of product made.

Therefore, most people choose to start with the food freedom law, and then possibly consider this law once they become more established.

Selling

You must display a copy of your registration certificate wherever you sell your products.

A restaurant cannot use your products in their products, but you may be able to indirectly sell your packaged and labeled products at a restaurant.

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Allowed Foods

If you grow fruits or vegetables that you use in your products, you must get a private pesticide applicator certification if you use any pesticides.

To sell honey, you need to contact UDAF’s Plant Industry Division to register your bee hives.

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

There is no sales limit

Pets are never allowed in the kitchen, and free-roaming pets, like cats or dogs, are only allowed in the home if they can be permanently blocked from entering the kitchen.

Business

Food Handlers Permit

You must take a food handlers training course, which can be done online or in-person in a few hours. We recommend the Learn2Serve Food Handler Training course for $22.

If you have anyone helping and handling food, they also need to take the course.

Registration

Once you have your food handlers permit, you must submit a registration application, which costs $50 and must be renewed annually.

The application includes:

  • Detailed recipes for each product you want to sell
  • Labels for each product you want to sell
  • A plan for storing ingredients, equipment, and your products
  • Plans for packaging, transportation, and sales
  • A list of locations where you plan to sell your products
Inspection

Before your license gets approved, an inspector will come to your home. If you have pets, make sure that you can show them that your pets never have access to your kitchen.

Product Testing

For some recipes, the ag department may require testing from a food processing authority.

Private well testing

If your water supply comes from a private well, it must be tested annually.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Home Produced" (12-point bold type)


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, UT 73531


Phone: (123) 456-7890


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)


Products that are custom-ordered (e.g. wedding cakes) or on-demand (sold out of a display case and handed to customer) are exempt from full labeling. However, you must give an ingredient list to the buyer, if they request it. Also, if you sell products on-demand, your booth must be equipped with a hand washing station, and anyone handling the food must have a food handlers permit.

Detailed information about labeling is in the Application Packet.

Workplace

You must keep samples from each batch of product for 14 days, labeled with the date and time it was produced.

There are many workplace requirements, which are listed in the Checklist for Home Food Production.

Resources

Contacts

Rebecca Nielsen

Job Title
Cottage Food Program Coordinator/Labeling Specialist
Organization
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Email
rjnielsen@utah.gov
Telephone
(801) 633-3965
Fax
(801) 359-0213
Address
PO Box 146500
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6500
Law Dates
April 2007
HB 339
May 2008
HB 63
May 2017
HB 58
May 2019
HB 33

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