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Colorado bill exempts ‘cottage food’ chicken from safety checks

A new cottage food bill exempting Colorado small poultry producers from inspections — including safety inspections — is moving forward, having passed the state Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 16-058, now before the House, also amends the Colorado Cottage Foods Act to exempt home kitchens from food inspections, as long as their sales don’t exceed $10,000 annually. It promises Colorado citizens “unimpeded… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Food Entrepreneurs, Farmers Markets, and Food Safety

Food entrepreneurs and those who operate small, or very small, food companies face special obstacles in negotiating the regulatory landscape and finding ways to safely and economically get their products to consumers. In addition, a lot of confusion exists about what the state and federal regulations are for those developing food products on the local… Continue Reading

Food Safety Legislation Continues Brisk Pace Set Last Year

Texas will likely find out today if the third time is the charm for Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn’s (no relation) bill to allow raw milk to be sold at farmer’s markets and directly to consumers in their homes. The bill is scheduled to be heard this morning in the Public Health Committee, where a… Continue Reading

Missouri Mulls Food Safety Exemptions for Home Kitchens, Nonprofit Events

Nonprofit events in Missouri would be able to serve food prepared in unregulated home kitchens exempt from food safety regulations, and home kitchens would be able to make and sell cottage foods worth up to $50,000 a year under legislation before the Missouri Senate. Missouri House Bill 1100, which passed the General Assembly on a… Continue Reading

Virginia Bill Would Exempt Homes, Small Farms From Food Safety Laws

The cottage food movement that has gained traction in the states since about 2010 is continuing to take hold this legislative season. Current law recently crafted in Virginia permits unlicensed home kitchens operating without inspections to produce a long list of cottage foods that can be sold in homes or at farmer’s markets. And, for… Continue Reading

California Home Kitchens Now Producing Cottage Foods

At the stroke of midnight on January 1, California joined at least 25 other states by enacting its Homemade Food Act, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last September. The act makes California the largest state with a cottage food law covering anything produced by the state’s more than 11.5 million home kitchens and marks… Continue Reading