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Cottage Food Laws in Washington [2024 Update]

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Overview of Guidance and Ordinances for Cottage Food Laws in Washington

"Cottage food products" encompass nonpotentially hazardous items such as baked goods, stovetop candies, specific preserves, and fruit butters outlined in 21 C.F.R. Sec. 150 from July 22, 2011. Additionally, the director may designate other nonpotentially hazardous foods through specific rules. Importantly, no ingredient containing a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of 0.3 percent or higher is permitted in any cottage food product.

Food Labeling Requirements according to Washington Cottage Food Laws

Cottage food operations are required to package and label their products for consumer sale, prohibiting repackaging or sale by other types of food businesses. The label must include essential information such as the business name and permit number, product name, ingredients in descending order by weight, net weight or volume, allergen information as directed by regulations, and, if applicable, nutritional claims must comply with specified labeling rules set by the director. This ensures transparency and consumer safety regarding the contents and nature of the cottage food product.

Summarized Business Regulations for Cottage Food Laws in Washington

A "cottage food operation" refers to individuals who exclusively make certain food items in their own home kitchens within Washington state and sell these products directly to consumers. This practice is limited to the producer's primary domestic residence and involves the creation of specific food items permitted by local regulations for sale directly to customers without the need for a commercial kitchen or facility.


Washington State Department of Agriculture

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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