If you live in California and want to sell your own homemade goods, listen up! On January 1st the California Homemade Food Act went into law, and that means that producers of certain nonperishable foods are now allowed to prepare the food at home. No more paying for that commercial kitchen!
A few of the non-perishable goods accepted in the new law include items like bread, granola, and jams. Food producers still need to get a county food permit, and the bill only covers those whose annual sales don't exceed $35,000. (However, that limit will increase to $50,000 by 2015.) According to SF Gate, there are two types of cottage food permits available: the class A permit is for those who intend to sell directly, while the Class B permit is for wholesalers, and it requires inspections. The bill also requires everyone with a permit to take food safety courses from the state within three months of launching their food business.
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