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Diane Reinhold
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
dreinhol@illinois.edu

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-232-9006
gmccarty@illinois.edu

Illinois Cottage Food Operation Information

Illinois Cottage Food Operation Information

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What Is a Cottage Food Operation?

According to the 2015 Illinois amended definition: A “Cottage Food Operation” is a business operated by a person who produces or packages non-potentially hazardous food in a kitchen located in the person’s primary domestic residence or another appropriately equipped residential or commercial-style kitchen on that property. The non-potentially hazardous food must be for direct sale by the owner, a family member, or an employee. The food must be stored in the residence or in an appropriately designed and equipped residential or commercial-style kitchen on that property where the food is made.