Health Department Hosts Home-Based Food Sales Workshop Tonight

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The Health Department invites the public to attend a free workshop: “Cottage Food Operations: Launch a Food Business from your Home.” The workshop will teach important requirements on how to become a cottage food operator, safely process food, and make proper food labels. The workshop is today Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach.

As part of the Long Beach Health Department’s efforts to continue providing opportunities for food safety education and in recognition of the 20th year celebration of the National Food Safety Education Month (NFSEM), the Health Department is hosting a free cottage food industry workshop.

The recent locally sourced and sustainable food movement has increased demand for home based food businesses. To address this demand, the state legislature passed the California Cottage Food Bill in 2013. This bill allows individuals to make certain approved, nonperishable foods from their private home kitchens, which was previously prohibited by State law. Cottage foods may now be sold from farmers’ markets, special events, homes, and in some cases restaurants and markets.

This educational session is made possible with funding from the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation. Light refreshments will be served. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

For more information on the cottage industry workshop, please contact Monica Cardenas at (562) 570-4494 or For additional information on Cottage Food visit or

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