I’ve been getting a few emails from folks asking about updates on the Cottage Food Bill that has gone into effect the first of the year.
Here’s a recent article from Business Week
California’s Newest Business Craze: Homemade Food
Granola makers, homemade vinegar producers, and other foodies in California have cause to rejoice today. As of Jan. 1, a new state law allows people who make food at home to sell it to restaurants and grocery stores.
Leave it to California to upend decades of public health consensus that food businesses need commercial licenses to ensure their food is safe and free of harmful contaminants. The California Homemade Food Act creates a new category of food production called a “cottage food operation.”
It took awhile, but the City of Pasadena is ready to take applications along with a “temporary fee” (waiting approval from City Council)
1. Home Occupation License
2. Apply for class A or B
Class A no kitchen inspection for those who sell directly to consumer at an event , farmers market or at your home. Fee right now is $65/yr as an arrangement with LA county fees
Class B requires kitchen inspection sell to restaurants or other businesses. Fee $129/yr
(we’ve gone an extra step further and have taken the CA Food Handlers course)
:: Resources ::
Creating Your California Cottage Food Business – helpful city to city links
Cottage Food Law Update State by State
Show of hands, how many of you have gotten your Cottage Food permit?