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Label Review Process for Cottage Food Operations

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 446.866 specifies labeling requirements of food prepared by cottage food operations. Food packaging must be affixed with labeling that:

  • Complies with the federal labeling requirements set forth in 21 U.S.C. 343(w), 9 C.F.R. Part 317 and 21 C.F.R. Part 101 (General label content outlined below), and
  • Labeled with “MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION” printed prominently on the food item label.

This document will assist you in developing labels that are compliant with the law.

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Label Submission and Review Process

  • Once you believe that your labels are correctly prepared with all of the data required in the food labeling guide and this document, submit them along with your Cottage Food Registration application and application fee to the Facilities Design Assessment and Permitting office at 333 North Rancho, Suite 450, Las Vegas, NV.
  • There is a $64 fee for review of labels. Any additional labels submitted after the initial application, or additional corrections, will be subject to a $64 fee for each submission.
  • Labels are typically reviewed within 2 business days. If you have questions regarding the status of your application, call702-759-1258.

How do I make sure my labels are correct for submission?

Providing correct labels the first time saves you time, money, and results in a faster approval. There are five major categories of information that must be on EVERY cottage food label in ENGLISH:

  1. The Product’s Name/Statement of Identity
  2. Net Quantity of Ingredients (by weight or volume in English System of Measure)
  3. Ingredient Statement (ALL ingredients, and ingredients of ingredients, where necessary)
  4. The FULL Name and Address of the Manufacturer (Street address, City, State and ZIP Code)
  5. Allergen Statement (“Contains” statement) for the Big 8 food allergens:
    Tree nuts* Wheat
    Peanuts Eggs
    Soy Shellfish
    Milk Fish
    * includes coconuts, coconut oil, almond extract, etc.
    Do not list the specific ingredient (“almonds”), list the allergen type (“Tree nuts”).

Common mistakes:

This list is not all-inclusive, but covers some of the most common issues:

  • The typeface is unreadable by either size or design:
    • For the critical information required by law, use easily readable, common typefaces versus elaborately designed typefaces. Some good typeface choices are: Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, and Cambria. “Script Style” typefaces are poor choices for labels.
    • Ensure that all fonts are at least 1/16th of an inch in height based on the lower case “o”. For many (but not all) fonts, this equates to an 8 point font or larger. However, for some typefaces 8 point is still not big enough to meet the 1/16 of an inch requirement.
    • Avoid using ALL CAPS for large bodies of text, like the ingredients listings. ALL CAPS are good for titles and distinct snippets of information, but reduce readability of bodies of text.
  • Ensure that the allergen “Contains” statement directly follows the ingredient list.
    • If a product DOES NOT specifically contain an allergen, then DO NOT use the Contains statement. An OPTIONAL Facility allergens warning may be used if the facility or equipment used in the production of a food also produces a food that contains one of the “Big 8” allergens. It would look something like this: “This product is made in a facility that also processes: peanuts, tree nuts, and crustacean shellfish”
    • Sometimes allergens are hidden within the ingredients of ingredients, which is why it is so important to ensure nothing is left off the label. For more information, visit the website ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES at http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens This website provides a good idea of where some of the unknown allergens are found.
  • The listing of ingredients is not in order and/or does not list all of the “ingredients of ingredients” properly:
    • Ensure that all ingredients are listed in the ingredient list. For example, chocolate covered strawberries with peanut sprinkles should have peanuts listed as an ingredient. Listing all ingredients is CRITICAL because there are hidden allergens that may have not been detected without the full listing of ingredients within ingredients
    • Ensure that all ingredients are listed in descending order by weight or volume. If you have a product that has distinct components such as a cake with frosting, the cake ingredients and the frosting ingredients can be listed separately to avoid confusion.
    • In addition, include ingredients (in parentheses) of any ingredient which itself contains two or more ingredients. For example, if butter was an ingredient it may read the following: “butter (pasteurized cream derived from milk, salt)”.
    • The following common ingredients may require “ingredients of ingredient” lists. An example of what that might look like is included below.

Basic Baking Ingredients

INGREDIENTS THAT MAY CONTAIN 2 OR MORE INGREDIENTS
Extracts Milk Products
Brown sugar
Cake flour
Confectioner’s sugar
Corn syrup
Flour
Margarine
Powdered sugar
Shortening
Vegetable oil
Vanilla extract
Artificial Vanilla Clear
Imitation Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon Extract
Pure Almond Extract
Imitation Almond Extract
Imitation Banana Extract
Imitation Butter Flavor
Butter
Buttermilk
Natural Cheese (all kinds)
Imitation Cheese
Cream cheese
Evaporated Milk
Heavy cream
Powdered Milk
Sour cream
Sweetened condensed milk
INGREDIENTS THAT MAY CONTAIN 2 OR MORE INGREDIENTS
Fruit, jams,
jellies, spreads
Ingredients
Candies Prepared foods
used as ingredients
Almond Butter
Cashew Butter
Applesauce
Coconut milk
Jams and Jellies
Nutella (Hazelnut spread)
JIF (Hazelnut spread)
Orange juice
Peanut butter
Shredded coconut
Andes
Candies
Caramel
Dark Chocolate
Dark/Mint Chocolate Chips
Lemon Chocolate
M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
Marshmallow
Breads
Bread crumbs
Graham crackers
Oreo cookies
Pasta and Noodles
Pretzels
Soy sauce
Ketchup
Prepared mustard
Mayonnaise

ORANGE CREAM CUPCAKES

Ingredients: Cupcake [Flour (wheat flour, malted barley, niacin, iron, and folic acid), sugar, eggs, baking powder, butter (cream, salt), vanilla (vanilla bean extractives in water and alcohol (35%)), baking soda, salt, orange juice, orange zest]. Frosting [powdered sugar (sugar, cornstarch), butter (cream, salt), vanilla (vanilla bean extractives in water and alcohol (35%)), orange juice, and milk]. Rainbow Sprinkles [Icing Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Corn Starch, Glucose, Soya Lecithin, FD&C Artificial Colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Red 3, Yellow 6, Blue 1), Gum Arabic, Confectioner’s Glaze].
Contains: wheat, milk, eggs, soy

SNHD BAKERY 330 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-759-0654
Net Contents: 1 Cupcake (OR) Net Wt: 12 oz
MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION

GRANDMA’S STRAWBERRY JAM

Ingredients: Strawberries, pure cane sugar, fruit pectin
SNHD BAKERY 330 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-759-0654
Net Contents: 1 Cupcake (OR) Net Wt: 12 oz
MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION

GRANDMA’S GRAND NUT MIX

Peanuts, whole cashews, pecan halves, sea salt, rice krispies (rice, sugar, salt, malt flavor, BHT added for freshness).
Contains: Peanuts, Tree nuts
SNHD BAKERY 330 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106 702-759-0654
Net Wt: 4 oz
MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-0588

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Updated on: October 11, 2018

2018-10-11T13:55:35-07:00