Administrative Rules Committee approves cottage food rules

BISMARCK – In an Administrative Rules Committee meeting this week, legislators approved rules for cottage food products. The rules do not add additional regulation but clarify what is currently written into state law under the North Dakota Cottage Food Act. The clarifying language will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. More information can be found on the North Dakota Department of Health’s website at health.nd.gov/cottage-food.

The North Dakota Cottage Food Act allows for the sale of uninspected, homemade cottage food products to an informed end consumer for at-home consumption. The law became effective on Aug. 1, 2017, after approval by the 65th Legislative Assembly.

“Our goal is to protect the health and safety of North Dakotans,” said Mylynn Tufte, North Dakota State Health Officer. “Thank you to the Administrative Rules Committee for approving these rules that clarify definitions and language to the benefit of both business owners and public health.”

The clarifying rules do not affect baked goods, jams, jellies and hundreds of other food and drink products adopted under the original Cottage Food Act. In addition, the rules define and clarify procedures relating to illness or environmental health investigations.

For more information on cottage foods, visit health.nd.gov/cottage-food.