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Legislation In California Addresses Burgeoning “Cottage Food Industry”

March 19, 2012: 10:07 AM EST
Lawmakers in California are considering a range of food policy bills, including two that would permit sale of “cottage food products” prepared in the home. These products include mixed nuts, granolas, roasted coffee, baking mixes, baked goods and preserves that are barred from sale under current law unless they are prepared in licensed commercial kitchens. The legislation would require some state oversight, including the right to inspect home kitchens for cleanliness. The food processing industry is opposed to the measures because of food safety issues. But, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, cottage food industry bills are picking up steam around the country as a "way to address that growing marketplace."
Torey Van Oot, "California lawmakers consider food policy proposals", The Sacramento Bee, March 19, 2012, © The Sacramento Bee
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