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Cottage food laws create opportunity

publication date: May 1, 2015
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Thanks to new laws currently on the books in more than 42 U.S. states, small-scale food businesses can now be operated from home kitchens. The state laws often referred to as “cottage food legislation” or “cottage food laws” have nothing to do with cottage cheese and everything to do with allowing you to sell certain food products to your neighbors and community. By certain foods, the laws mean various “non-hazardous” food items often defined as those that are high acid, like pickles, or low moisture, like breads. Because of this definition, some of the state cottage food laws have been nicknamed Pickle Bills, Cookie Bills or Bakery Bills on their journey to becoming laws where you live.

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