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Cottage Food Laws in Idaho [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Idaho

Cottage foods encompass items crafted in a person's home or designated space, directly sold to consumers, falling under Idaho's non-Time/Temperature Control for Safety (nonTCS) foods category. These goods include various non-refrigerated items like baked goods, jams, honey, pies, breads, cakes, candies, dried fruits, herbs, cereals, nuts, vinegars, popcorn, and tinctures without medicinal claims, among others, as outlined in the Idaho Food Code.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Idaho Cottage Food Laws

Foods produced at home must be clearly labeled either on the product packaging or through a visible sign at the point of sale, indicating that they were prepared in a home kitchen exempt from regulatory inspection. Additionally, the label should warn about potential allergens present in the food. These requirements ensure transparency for consumers regarding the source and safety of homemade food items while highlighting the absence of regulatory oversight in the production process.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Idaho

In Idaho, a Cottage Food Operation refers to a small-scale food business run from a home kitchen, producing non-potentially hazardous foods like baked goods, jams, and granola. These operations must comply with specific regulations, such as registering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, labeling requirements, and limitations on sales venues. They typically have a revenue cap and may be restricted from selling products online or across state lines.


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

This dashboard is provided as an informational resource and is not affiliated with the above department. While we strive to keep our information accurate and up to date, we do not claim to provide official legal advice or representations regarding cottage food laws or any other regulations. Laws and regulations can change frequently, and they can vary significantly by location. We encourage all users to consult their local health department or a legal professional to obtain the most current information and advice specific to their circumstances.

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