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IIlinois Extension launches new website to support cottage food businesses

Do you want to start a home-based food business? Maybe you already have one but aren't sure what the new cottage food law means. Significant changes took effect on January 1, 2022, in this industry. Illinois Extension has many resources for new businesses and those wanting to stay current with the regulations, certifications, processes, and practices required to safely and legally run a cottage food operation in Illinois.

To get started, interested individuals must take an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved Certified Food Protection Managers Course. Local Extension offices or community colleges can provide information on classes and exams. One must also register with their local health department, fill out an application, list what foods they intend to sell, and typically pay a fee.

Illinois Extension has launched a cottage food website that includes all the information in one place. The website can be found at Questions can also be directed to Mary Liz Wright, nutrition and wellness educator, at 217-826-5422.

Download the new Illinois Extension Cottage Food Information Sheet or consider watching this webinar recording for answers to commonly asked questions.

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