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Community food producer regulations

On September 26, 2014 the California Legislature amended the Food and Agricultural Code and the Health and Safety Code to authorize a community food producer (CFP) to sell or provide whole uncut fruits or vegetables, or unrefrigerated shell eggs, directly to the public, to a permitted restaurant, or a cottage food operation if the Community Food Producer meets all of the requirements in the California Retail Food Code.

The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department enforces the requirements for CFP’s and all retail food sales in the Sacramento County, as follows:

(1) Agricultural products shall be grown or produced in compliance with all applicable federal, state, or local laws, regulations, and food safety guidelines issued by the regulatory agency.

(2) Agricultural products shall be labeled with the name and address of the community food producer.

(3) Conspicuous signage shall be provided in lieu of a product label if the agricultural product is being sold by the community food producer on the site of production. The signage shall include, but not be limited to, the name and address of the community food producer.

(4) Best management practices as described by the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines, which includes safe production, processing, and handling of both non-potentially hazardous and potentially hazardous foods (see Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines- CDFA).

(5) Egg production shall be limited to 15 dozen eggs per month and producer must register as an Egg Handler with the Department of Food and Agriculture (see Egg handler registration).

If you have any questions about CFP’s or other foods sold at the retail level then contact the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) (916) 875-8440.