Legislation & Lobbying

New law expected to bring more home-baked goods to stores and farmer's markets


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Joining 30 other states, California has enacted a bill to allow entrepreneurs to cook some food at home for sale to the public.

The new law, known as the California Homemade Food Act, is expected to encourage start-up businesses that sell bread, pies, cookies, jams and jellies, among others. While commercial kitchens must still be used to prepare some foods that are sold at retail, those that don’t have to be refrigerated, and don’t contain meat or cream, can be made at home, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“Food production, or the food business in general, have been pretty good gateways, especially with women, to enter the business world,” said state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles. “With the economy being the way it is, people have more time to do things like that and could really use the extra cash.”

A permit is still required from the county health department.

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