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Cottage Foods in Colorado

Colorado Senate Bill 12-048 allows individuals to produce, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows individuals to make and sell a limited range of foods, including spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour, and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, and tortillas.

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Foods Producers

Offered by Colorado State University Extension, this nationally-recognized training program covers the specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Length: 2.5 to 3 hours; 3-year certificate.

2023 Online Food Safety Training Schedule for Colorado Food Producers

LocationDateRegistration Link
Statewide/OnlineMarch 20, 2024
1-4:30 p.m. MST
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March 25, 2024
12:30-4:00 p.m. MST
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In-person, El Paso CountyApril 4, 2024
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MST
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Participants will learn:

  • Basic food safety – including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible in Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
  • Resources for going further

Approved Colorado Cottage Food Products

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