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North Carolina does not have a cottage food law, but you can still produce certain foods at home. See below the checklist for the details, restrictions, process and requirements.
If you pass the checklist, you will still need to review the most current versions of state and federal food safety regulations, including:
County government links: www.ncacc.org/countyinfo.htm
City or town government links: www.sog.unc.edu/library/cities.html
The NC Home Processing website at www.nchomeprocessing.com provides information about
See the NCDA&CS Marketing Division at www.ncagr.gov/markets/agbizmarketing.htm.The Marketing Division can help home processors build a web presence for their business through the NCDA&CS General Store, a directory of North Carolina agricultural goods and services.
To submit a completed application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to
Kaye Snipes, 169 Boone Square St., #168, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
For general questions, e-mail email@example.com. If you do not use e-mail or for more specific inquiries, contact a member of the Food and Drug Protection Division home processing staff:
More information on labeling requirements is available from North Carolina State University's Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Extension Program. The Extension Program also provides pH and water activity testing services for certain categories of food products, including acidified foods such as pickles (pH testing), dressings/sauces (pH testing), and “moist” breads/cakes and some pies (water activity and pH). Contact the Food and Drug Protection Division (see below) if you are uncertain whether your product requires testing.
Food Program, Anita MacMullan, Food Administrator
Mailing Address: 1070 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1070
Physical Address: 4000 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465
Phone: (919) 733-7366; FAX: (919) 733-6801
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