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May 31, 2013 04:27 PM

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?

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  1. 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,

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      so if I've read it right meat tamales are still not "legal"

      1. re: estnet

        As I read that, no tamales are allowed. They're not baked goods, they're steamed.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I thought I saw fruit tamales in the permitted list (not that I've ever had a fruit tamale)

          1. re: estnet

            Oh yeah, I missed that. #7 Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales.

    2. 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.

      1. July 19th: Free workshop in Oakland on the new Cottage Food Law

        1. Wish we had it here in NY. Doubt it will ever happen though.

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          1. re: coll

            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.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Maybe someday, then I'll be in business!

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