New Law: Some Homemade Foods Allowed For Sale
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A ban on selling some kinds of homemade foods is about to be lifted in California.
State Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles co-wrote the California Homemade Food Act which takes effect on January 1st.
"Up until now, people who wanted to turn their passion into a small business were faced with stifling red tape."
…including getting a commercial kitchen license.
Under the new law, you can make some types of food at home and then sell it directly to people…and to stores and restaurants. The food must be non-perishable and can't have any cream or meat ingredients.
Gatto says the new law is designed to help boost small entrepreneurs in the burgeoning cottage food industry.
Large scale food makers, he says, don't have to worry about competition.
"If you make more than $50,000 a year selling products then you have to graduate to the next level. So I don't think any of these small producers are going to put the big guys out of business because they're allowed to make their products at home."
The law requires home food producers to complete a food processor course.