Cottage Food

During North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly, House Bill 1433 was passed regarding direct producer to consumer sales of cottage food products. The new chapter of North Dakota Century Code 23-09.5 Cottage Food Production and Sales, otherwise known as the ND Cottage Foods Act, became effective August 1, 2017.

The ND Cottage Foods Act allows for the sale of uninspected, homemade cottage food products to an informed, end consumer for at-home consumption. This provides new opportunities for small, start-up businesses and home-based operations without having the extra burden of start-up costs for an approved kitchen outside the home and no license or inspection fee charges. While enriching a new market and new food products available in our state, it is important to instill practical, science based food safety guidance to protect public health and maintain access to a safe food supply.

With this goal in mind, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) recommends that safety and sanitation standards are applite to cottage food products for sale under the ND Cottage Foods Act. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to provide safe and healthy food to the citizens of North Dakota.

Examples of cottage food products produced in an uninspected, home kitchen recommended as approved for sale to an uninspected, home kitchen recommended as approved for sale to an informed end consumer for home consumption in proposed rule are summarized in the enclosed interim guidance document.

Food Safety Education Resources about Home-canned and Home-baked Cottage Food Product, Training Courses, and Product Testing