Cottage Food Laws: Allowable Products, Ingredients, and GRAS Guidelines

Publication Date: January 10, 2018

Included here resources for Cottage Food Operators under Montana’s Cottage Food Law, including a list of allowable/approved cottage foods, allowable ingredients, and Frequently Asked Questions about GRAS for substances intended for use in human or animal food.

Resources include:

  • Approved Cottage Food Products – Montana Rule 37.110.503 – Effective beginning September 25, 2015
  • DHPPS Food Ingredient Guidance Document – Published January 10, 2018
  • US DPHHS & FDA Frequently Asked Questions about GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for Substances Intended for Use in Human or Animal Food – Published October 2016

The short answer is as follows!

What ingredients are allowed in regular food?

Ingredients allowed in human food nearly always fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Conventional food
  2. Approved additives
  3. Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)


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