AERO is working with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services- Food & Consumer Safety Section on a project to improve cottage food law understanding for producers and registered sanitarians across the state, and to assemble a working group to draft changes to the administrative rule for the cottage food exemption.
Registered cottage food operators, curious local food producers, sanitarians- registered and in training, joined us Tuesday, January 26 9am-2:30pm for a cottage food training.
Heidi Drivdahl-Noyes, Chief EcoManiac, EcoMontana
Karl Johnson, Owner & Operator, YES Compost
Heather Babineau-Z, Owner & Operator, Whole and Nourished
An interview with Gretchen Boyer, Executive Director of FarmHands Nourish and member of the Whitefish Farmers Market Organizing Committee who led the effort for Whitefish’s first zero-waste market season in 2020.
Develop skills and gain knowledge that will set up your cottage food business for success. Continue to access cottage food resources after the workshop with our virtual toolkit. Recordings of workshop modules will be posted, along with any handouts.
MT DPHHS – Food & Consumer Safety Section
Find: Link to Cottage Food Statute
Cottage Food Application
FAQs on Cottage Food & Honey
Find your county sanitarian’s office contact information
Montana’s Food Laws & Rules: Cottage food & farmers’ markets
Workshop Presentation Slides by Nina Heinzinger, PhD, RS/REHS, Public Health Sanitarian, Food & Consumer Safety Section
What ingredients are allowed in regular food?
Ingredients allowed in human food nearly always fall into one of the following categories*
1. Conventional food
2. Approved additives
3. Generally recognized as safe (GRAS).
Frequently Asked Questions About
GRAS for Substances Intended for
Use in Human or Animal Food: Guidance for Industry
All foods sold under the Texas Cottage Food Law must not require time or temperature control for safety (TCS), therefore the recipes sold here would qualify in Montana.
MT Cottage Food Business: How this all got started by Jan Tusick
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Whether you are searching for local food ingredients for your products or getting the word out about your Montana food business, Abundant Montana would love to add you to our growing food system directory of over 330 listings.
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Small Business Development Centers http://sbdc.mt.gov/
MT Department of Agriculture
MT Department of Commerce
MT Secretary of State – Register your business https://biz.sosmt.gov/
Farm Commons Podcasts and Print materials to make legally resilient farm and food business decisions during COVID-19
Safe Face-to-Face Options:
Safe home kitchens, sampling, and sales to cottage food customers during COVID-19