Contact Us

James Theuri
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337
FAX: 815-933-8532
jtheu50@illinois.edu

Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
ljgeorge@illinois.edu

Food Safety

Food Safety

ILLINOIS LAWS regarding food safety

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Supplement to Cottage Food Law Bulletin #44a
    List of additional questions and answers regarding the cottage food operation provisions.