Cottage Food Law - It is legal to sell food you make at home [California]
Has anyone heard of this new law, the Cottage Food Law? It makes it legal for you to sell certain food products from your home to buyers.
Sounds interesting! What do you guys think?
Yes. If you're talking about California, it went into effect at the beginning of the year. I've bought several items from vendors who can now sell their wares legally. The law is limited to "low risk" products such as candy, jams, crackers, etc.
There are still regulations to follow. Here's a link,
Pretty good news, I think. The list of allowed goods is, understandably, pretty restricted though. Here's a feature that the Chron ran recently:
I liked the guy whose reaction to the $35M/yr cap was (paraphrase)-- I'd love to be that successful and could then afford & need other options.
My understanding is that it passed in California because it was positioned as promoting entrepreneurship and economic growth. The main opposition came from the state's food safety and environmental health interests. However, a review of the experience in other states that have this type of law turned up no major incidents.
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