16 Jan '13, 12pm

California’s New Law Allows Homemade Food To Be Sold Legally

California’s New Law Allows Homemade Food To Be Sold Legally

I have known a number of people in the golden state who wanted to start a home based business selling baked goods, but didn’t because they lacked access to a commercial kitchen. As of January 1, people who want to use their kitchens to prepare food for sale in California can now do so. The Homemade Food Act (AB1616) went into affect on that date. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown last September, AB1616 allows Californians to sell “non-hazardous” food to grocery stores and restaurants for annual revenue up to $35,000 in 2013. That will increase to $45,000 next year and $50,000 in 2015. The new law puts California into the ranks of at least 32 other states that have passed similar laws. AB1616 specifically states that a city or county “shall not prohibit a cottage food operation” but must do one of the following: Classify a cottage food operation as a permitted use of residenti...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/californias-new-law-a...

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