Here's an update on the labelling thing---I spoke to someone in the Agriculture Dept and she said that if your'e the person who baked the cake and you're delivering and setting it up, then there's an exemption for the labelling and you don't have to do it. She said that it's good idea
to write down any allergens that are in the cakes and give it to someone at the reception site to cover yourself, but it isn't required AS LONG AS you're the one doing the deliveries. I had my annual inspection yesterday, and the inspector said that the time that problems arise with this is if people have other people delivering things for them, and the people delivering can't answer questions about the ingredients. So as long as you're the only person who's handling the merchandise, you don't HAVE to label, but it doesn't hurt to list allergens just to alert people if they choose to check. That's more a liability thing to cover yourself as well.
If, however, you're selling packaged goods to wholesalers or at farmer's markets or anywhere like that, you have to do food labels. That will cover any questions about ingredients that you wouldn't be there to answer.
I wanted to add that I have the specific names of people at the Department of Agr. who can answer questions, but I don't want to just post them here. If you want to pm me I can give you the inspector's email...He said to feel free to tell people to email him if they had questions. (Poor guy, I don't think he knew what he was in for!
Another thing that he told me is that in a few months Virginia is going to go to the voluntary inspection system, where you don't need to get an inspection, but if you choose not to you have to clearly state to your customers and put on your products that it comes from a non-inspected kitchen. Personally, I think that's a really bad idea because who knows what conditions people will be cooking in if they're not inspected (the inspector wasn't too happy about it either.) He told me the story of a woman who had to have four samples taken until there was no dog hair found in her baked goods
, so without inspections she'd still be selling that fur! I figure that it's good for advertising for those of us who have been inspected, that we can say that we've been approved and inspected. It's such an easy process I don't see why you wouldn't have the inspection done...Anyway, we'll be getting letters about that in the next month or so, so keep an eye out for them.