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Food Labeling and Placards

Must Display a Placard

At the point of sale a placard is displayed in a prominent location that states the following: "This product was produced in a home kitchen not subject to public health inspection that may also process common food allergens.”

Food Label Requirements

The food packaging must conform to the labeling requirements of the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and includes the following information on each of its products:

  • The name and address of the cottage food operation (not a Post Office Box) no out of state operations.
  • The common or usual name of the food product and weight (net weight and metric weight).
  • All ingredients of the food product, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Ingredients must be listed in descending order by weight using common or usual names. Sub ingredients as well: example: (soy sauce: wheat, soybeans, salt).
  • Allergen labeling as specified in federal labeling requirements (see below).
  • The date the product was processed (prepared).
  • The label may be hand written or printed large enough to be easily read.

Label Example

THIS PRODUCT WAS PRODUCED IN A HOME KITCHEN NOT SUBJECT TO PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTION THAT MAY ALSO PROCESS COMMON FOOD ALLERGERNS

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Net Wt. 3 oz (85.05 g)

Ingredients: Enriched flour (Wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid), butter (milk, salt), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, butterfat, (milk), Soy lecithin as an emulsifier), walnuts, sugar, eggs, salt, artificial vanilla extract, baking soda

Contains: wheat, eggs, milk, soy, walnuts

Artie Pinkster
123 Foodstuff Lane
Casserole City, IL 60000
Production Date: 4/19/2012

Allergen Labeling as Specified in Federal Labeling Requirements  

A cottage food operation label  must identify if any of the ingredients are made allergens.

A cottage food operation label must identify if any of the ingredients are made from one of the following food groups: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, fish, Crustacean/shellfish, and tree nuts (identify which nut: i.e., almonds) and any ingredient made from these food groups. Example: If the cottage food operation is making wheat bread they have the following two options:

  • Include the allergen in the ingredient list. For example, a white bread with the following ingredient listings: whole wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. In this example, the statement “Whole wheat flour” is the allergen and this statement meets the requirements of federal law.
  • Include an allergen statement (“Contains.”) after the ingredient list. For example a white bread with the following ingredients: Whole wheat flour, water, sodium caseinate, salt and yeast. Contains: wheat and milk. The “contains” statement must include all the allergens found in the product.

Cottage Food Labeling Checklist

  • Label on every package or jar (except individual samples)
  • Your name and the home address (the cottage food operation)
  • Common name of food product
  • All ingredients of food product, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives, listed in descending order by predominance of weight show with common or usual names
  • Net weight or metric weight
  • The following phrase: "This product was produced in a home kitchen not subject to public health inspection that may also process common food allergens."
  • Date the product was processed
  • Allergen labeling as specified by FDA