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Cottage Food Law - It is legal to sell food you make at home [California]

amina1 May 31, 2013 04:27 PM


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. Melanie Wong RE: amina1 May 31, 2013 04:41 PM

    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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      estnet RE: Melanie Wong Jul 14, 2013 03:12 PM

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

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        Robert Lauriston RE: estnet Jul 14, 2013 04:02 PM

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

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          estnet RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 14, 2013 10:17 PM

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

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            Robert Lauriston RE: estnet Jul 15, 2013 09:29 AM

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

    2. monfrancisco RE: amina1 May 31, 2013 04:53 PM

      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. Melanie Wong RE: amina1 Jul 10, 2013 11:34 PM

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

        1. coll RE: amina1 Jul 11, 2013 01:35 AM

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

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            Melanie Wong RE: coll Jul 14, 2013 10:51 AM

            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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              coll RE: Melanie Wong Jul 14, 2013 12:39 PM

              Maybe someday, then I'll be in business!

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