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The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. As part of the law, individuals who wish to sell these products are required to complete a food safety course designed specifically for the cottage foods industry.

After reviewing the resources below and you wish to complete the food safety course, find a testing location near you. Exam dates and times are listed; however, please contact your Regional Extension Agent for more convenient options. The registration fee is $25. After completion of exam, please allow up to two weeks to receive your certificate of completion.

Register Online

May 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
24714 HWY 195
Double Springs, AL
Jun 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM
ONLINE for Autauga, Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes, and Chilton counties
Autaugaville, AL
Jun 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Jun 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM
281 Columbus Ave
Vernon, AL
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Shelby County Extension Office - Telephone testing
Columbiana, AL
Jun 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Jun 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM
*PHONE TESTING* Mobile, Baldwin, Butler, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe, Washington, and Conecuh Counties
Mobile, AL
Jun 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Russell County Extension Office
Phenix City, AL
Jun 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
132 Court Street North
Rockford, AL
Jul 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Jul 22, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Henry County Extension Office
Abbeville, AL
Jul 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Macon County Extension Office
Tuskegee, AK
Aug 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Lee County Extension Office
Opelika, AL
Aug 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Mobile County Extension Office
Mobile, AL
Aug 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Coffee County Extension Office
New Brockton, AL
Aug 25, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Bullock County Extension Office
Union Springs, AL
Sep 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Barbour County Extension Office
Eufaula, AL
Sep 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Covington County Extension Office
Andalusia, AL
Sep 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Mobile County Extension Office
Mobile, AL
Oct 21, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Houston County Extension Office
Dothan, AL
Nov 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Lee County Extension Office
Opelika, AL
Dec 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Dale County Extension Office
Ozark, AL

Rules and Regulations

Food safety should be your first consideration in preparing food for your family or for your customers. Before you start to prepare your product to sell, review these recommendations to make the safest food you can.

Introduction to Cottage Food Law

Cottage Food Law Requirements

Food Safety Recommendations

Making Jams and Jellies

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