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Cottage Foods Act

The Cottage Foods Act was enacted in 2012 and allows limited types of food products that are non-potentially hazardous (do not require refrigeration for safety) to be sold directly to consumers without licensing or inspection. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act requires producers to complete a food safety training course prior to starting a cottage foods business. (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment).

The original Colorado Cottage Foods Act and the modifications to the Act, along with information regarding training resources, and much more can be found at:


Even if you are not starting a cottage foods business, if you plan on processing and selling your honey, taking the food safety training course and obtaining your certificate lends credibility to your operation.