Alaska

Law status: ENACTED


Sales type
Direct only
Sales venues
4 out of 8 allowed
Allowed foods
Many

Sales limit
$25,000 per year

The cottage food law in Alaska is actually a really flexible law, with the biggest restriction being that a producer is limited to $25,000 of sales per year. However, no license or permit is required to start selling.

Rather than listing specific foods that can be sold, the law allows any food that is non-potentially hazardous, which is measured by the pH value and water activity level of the product. This opens the door to a wide array of foods, though some products need to be tested to ensure they are safe. Alaska allows more cottage foods than any other state, including some that are not allowed anywhere else, like soda and some types of juices.

The Municipality of Anchorage has their own ordinance for their food program, so this law may not apply there.

Selling

Sales Venues
  • Home
  • Farmers markets
  • Food stands
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Mail orders
  • Internet

Only direct sales to the consumer are allowed. Sales over the internet or by mail are not allowed, but you can advertise online.

The person selling the product needs to know detailed info about the product, including the ingredients used and how the food was prepared.

The product must be made in Alaska, and interstate sales are not allowed.

Sales are limited to $25,000 per year

Business

Instead of getting a license, the producer must have detailed info of each product on hand, including the recipe and how it was processed, prepared, and packaged. The producer also needs to know the pH value and water activity level (Aw) for certain items, which would require lab testing, which usually costs about $30 for both values per sample (see this document for more info).

Allowed Foods

  • Bagels
  • Baked goods with alcohol
  • Biscuits
  • Breads
  • Brittles
  • Brownies
  • Cakes
  • Caramel corn
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cereals
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate-covered fruit
  • Chocolate-covered items
  • Churros
  • Cobblers
  • Cones
  • Cookies
  • Cotton candy
  • Crackers
  • Crepes
  • Crisps
  • Danish
  • Donuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried pasta
  • Dried vegetables
  • Drink mixes
  • Dry coffee
  • Dry tea
  • Extracts
  • Fruit butters
  • Fruit leathers
  • Fudge
  • Granola
  • Hard candies
  • Herbs
  • Honey
  • Jams & jellies
  • Juices
  • Ketchup
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Marmalades
  • Marshmallows
  • Mixes
  • Muffins
  • Mustards
  • Nut butters
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Oils
  • Pastries
  • Pickles
  • Pies
  • Pizzelles
  • Popcorn
  • Preserves
  • Pretzels
  • Relishes
  • Rolls
  • Salsas
  • Sauces
  • Sauerkraut
  • Scones
  • Seasonings
  • Soft candies
  • Spices
  • Sweet breads
  • Syrups
  • Tamales & empanadas
  • Tortillas
  • Truffles
  • Vinegars

Any food is allowed as long as it is non-potentially hazardous (meaning it has the right combination of pH value and water activity level). However, certain items require lab testing to determine their pH and/or Aw values. Please see the list of allowed foods for more info on what’s required for specific items.

Home-canned, low-acid vegetables or meats are not allowed. Only berry and rhubarb juices are allowed.

Labeling

Label Requirements
  • Product name
  • Business name
  • Business address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Ingredients
  • Net weight
  • Date produced
  • Allergens
  • Nutrition info
  • Statement
Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INSPECTION"

Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way
Cookietown, AK 73531
(123) 456-7890

The label must go on each product, but the statement “THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INSPECTION” can either be placed on the label or on a prominent placard at the point of sale. However, if making the food in a commercial kitchen, this statement is not necessary.

The name, address, and phone number can be replaced with a business license number.

Workplace

Cottage food operations are allowed to make their products in a commercial kitchen, as well as their home kitchen.

This page was last updated on November 24th, 2013

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