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New Jersey standoff on homemade food sales continues

A New Jersey state senator is standing firm on his opposition to legalizing direct-to-consumer sales of certain foods not produced in commercial kitchens, citing food safety and fair competition concerns. Only the Garden State and Wisconsin have 100 percent bans on “homemade” food sales, often referred to as the cottage food industry by proponents. New… Continue Reading

Idaho defines cottage foods; food safety unaddressed

Idaho activists have won their fight to “unchain the cupcake” gaining approval from two state legislative committees that agreed this month to define cottage foods and require such home cookin’ to be labeled when offered for sale. The OK from the Health and Welfare Committees in the Idaho House of Representatives and Senate keeps homemade… Continue Reading

Montana’s Revised Cottage Food Law Kicked in Oct. 1

After much study and discussion, Montana’s revised cottage food law finally went into effect Oct. 1, 2015. The revision is courtesy of House Bill 478, which passed the 2015 legislative session earlier this year. Among other provisions, it expanded the types of foods legally allowed to be made at home and sold in person at a public or… Continue Reading