Food Safety Regulations

Illinois Food Safety Laws

  • Cottage Food Law Bulletin #44: Technical Bulletin covering questions and answers regarding the cottage food operation provisions of the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act and the Sanitary Food Preparation Act. Signed into law in Illinois on January 2, 2012.
  • Supplement to Cottage Food Law Bulletin #44a: List of additional questions and answers regarding the cottage food operation provisions.
  • Cottage Food Operation Law - Factsheet: Published by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate: Effective July 15, 2015, a Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate is required to sample your food product at a Farmers Market, without having to get a separate license from the local health department (applies to samples only). The Farmers Market Food Product Sampling Handler Certificate is required for all persons who engage in performing tasks such as unpacking, cutting, slicing, preparing or distributing food product samples. Certificates are not transferable between individuals and are valid for 3 years from issue date. Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Farmers Market Food Sampling Handler Training: I-Train website from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Illinois Cottage Food Law - Updated for 2016: Update information on the Illinois Cottage Food Law - presented by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Farm Inventory Surveys by FDA in Illinois: In Illinois, the regulatory agency that will be overseeing compliance by farms is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Starting in spring 2019, FDA will be initiating a farm inventory survey for all specialty growers to determine whether they fall under the FSMA Produce Rule.
  • FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule is now final, and the earliest compliance dates for some farms begin one year after the effective date of the final rule (see “Compliance Dates” below). The rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

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