The Colorado Cottage Food Act allows for the sale and serving of selected foods to the public that are prepared in the home or other unlicensed kitchens, with certain restrictions and training requirements. The sale and service to the public of foods that are not permitted by the Colorado Cottage Food Act requires a Colorado Retail Food Establishment License and shall be prepared in an approved commercial kitchen. Cottage foods must be sold directly to the consumer by the cottage food vendor.
The Colorado Cottage Food Act requires "producers to take a food safety course that includes basic food handling training and is comparable to, or is a course given by, the Colorado State University Extension Service or a state, county, or district public health agency, and must maintain a status of good standing in accordance with the course requirements, including attending any additional classes if necessary". Safe food handling courses should include topics on safe food sources, personal hygiene, sanitation of equipment, worker illness, food temperature control, safe water, sewage disposal, pest control, proper hand washing, and control of toxics.
- Colorado State University Extension Service - Food training options
- ServeSafe - Food Handler
- ServeSafe - Manager
- StateFoodSafety.com - Food Handler available in English, Española, Tagalog, 普通话, 한국어, Việt, ASL, Serbo-Croatian
- StateFoodSafety.com - Manager available in English and Española
- National Environmental Health Association - Food Safety Training
- Colorado State University Summer 2014 Cottage Food Safety Training
- Is it true that I need to have my food handling/safety training done before I start selling?
- Do all employees in my business need safe food handling/processing training?
- Are all pies allowed?
- Would frozen jam/jelly be allowed?
- What about using all your own home grown goods? Do I need a license to use them?
- I want to sell canned little cakes and quick breads, is that allowed?
- Are traditionally fermented foods allowed, for instance, lacto-fermented pickles and such?
- Why is jam production allowed but canned fruits are not allowed?
- How do you label a wedding cake that is unpackaged?
- When a home is mentioned, does that also apply to your apartment?