Cottage Food Industry Law
As of October 1, 2018, Connecticut Public Act 18-141 allows cottage food operations. A cottage food operation is one in which the production of specific non-potentially hazardous foods in residential kitchens is allowed provided certain regulations and laws are met.
"Cottage Food in Connecticut / A Guide for Cottage Food Operators" provides all the information you need to know about the requirements.
Please be aware that cottage food operations are regulated and licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and not local health departments or health districts. Please contact DCP directly if you have any quesitons.
Why is Food Protection Important?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
Although most cases are mild for healthy individuals, children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are at much greater risk for developing life-threatening illnesses from contaminated food.
Food borne illness also has an impact on the economy due to loss in worker productivity and money spent on medical bills.