HB2486 Cottage Food Expansion Bill – Signed into Law by Governor Rauner
On July 30th Governor Rauner signed into law HB2486 the Cottage Food Law Expansion Bill.
- 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).