HB2486 Cottage Food Expansion Bill – Signed into Law by Governor Rauner

July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

On July 30th Governor Rauner signed into law HB2486 the Cottage Food Law Expansion Bill.



According to Wes King, Executive Director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, HB2486 which now becomes public act - 99-0191 makes the following changes:

  • Expand where cottage food products      can be sold to include on-farm, farm-stands and CSAs (no longer just      farmers markets) for cottage food products where the signature or featured      ingredient was produced on farm.
  • Increases the gross receipt threshold      of exempt food from $25,000 to $36,000
  • Authorizes the IL Farmers Market      Taskforce to develop an expanded list of allowed cottage food products
  • Removes the      previous explicit prohibition against rhubarb, tomato and pepper      jams and jellies provided that they must be tested and documented as      non-potentially hazardous jams and jellies with a      pH equilibrium of less than 4.6
  • Allows for a cottage food operation      to have employees, no longer limited to just family members
  • Eliminates the requirement that those      selling the cottage food products have a food sanitation manger      certificate (now just the person preparing and packaging the products      needs the certificate)
  • Exempts religious, charitable and      non-profit bake sale fundraisers from the overall Food Handling Regulation      Act


The legislation was originally sponsored by State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria).