Cottage Food Law the topic of MSUE workshop
MARQUETTE — Michigan State University Extension is collaborating with the Copper Country Farm Bureau to bring interested individuals opportunities to learn about the Michigan Cottage Food Law. The workshop will cover what is allowed under the law, what the food safety considerations are, how to prepare your home workspace when producing under the law and how to label and market your product.
The workshop will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 7 at the MSU Extension office Sisu room at 1500 Birch St. in Hancock.
The two-hour workshop not only covers the regulations around producing under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law, but also covers items related to food safety and business aspects such as marketing your product.
Michigan’s Cottage Food Law allows individuals to produce certain low-hazard products in their home kitchens to sell direct to consumers. The adoption of this law in 2010 has given the opportunity for value-added producers to test the market with low-entry costs.
While these products do not need to be licensed or inspected, it does not mean that the producer is not responsible for following safe food practices and being in compliance with the law. It is up to the producer to ensure there is a clean work environment, only make products allowed under the law, make sure products are appropriately labeled and that they are marketed in a manner consistent with what the law allows.
Registration for the workshop is appreciated but not required. Online registration is available on the MSU Extension website at msue.msu.edu. Look under events.