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

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July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am

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

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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

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

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