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post #76 of 432
I'm just confused, I think. The sheet says that Missouri varies by county and the website says you can't use home kitchens to prepare food to be sold or distributed.

I've contacted my county health department twice, but have had no response.

Anyone know which countie are legal?
post #77 of 432
I know that New Jersey is a no go. Can anyone tell me if you can at least set up a kitchen in one's basement? TIA
post #78 of 432
Hi Onceuponacake - do you know what counties allow you to operate a home baking business in Georgia??? I'm in Jackson county and a friend and I are thinking of doing just that. She has a finished basement that needs just a little work (sealing the floors, countertops, stove and sink). She does have a separate entrance to the basement from outside so no one will have to come through the house. Any idea of where to look for the stove and sink? I've got family that's involved in construction/plumbing/electrician so maybe they can get the cabinets/countertops for us cheap or better yet free. My cousin is the plumber/electrician so that's not an issue as far as getting any of the outlets up to par.
post #79 of 432
In the last legislative session (State of Indiana), an exemption was added for home-based processing of products that are not potentially hazardous food products and are sold at a farmers market or roadside stands (see statute below). The link below is guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health regarding this exemption:

http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/HEA_1309_guidance_final_6_11_09.pdf

If you have further questions, I would recommend contacting the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Food Protection. Their main phone number is 317/233-7360 and email is food@isdh.in.gov.

How is this important to bakers? A number of bakeries have closed in recent months and a number of pastry chefs/bakers are losing their jobs. If you are interested in starting a home-based bakery there are 13 states that have "cottage laws" which allow state citizens to bake from home and sell to the public for profit.

The state of Alabama passed a "cottage law" on April 21, 2009 so bakers can now start a home-based bakery in AL.

Hoping bakers who need to...will take advantage of this...I am available to answer questions about home food processing, I teach (How to Operate a Home-Based Bakery face-to-face/nationwide) for Wake County Public School System Lifelong Learning in Raleigh NC...North Carolina is also a home-based baking state.

If you would like to learn more please email me at denay@cookingwithdenay.com
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post #80 of 432
Hi all! am new to the forum, and this is the first place I wanted to check out. I am interested in starting a home based business for my cakes, but am not having any luck finding out if I am allowed to, here in Oregon. According to this thread, Oregon is a YES. However, when I tried to open the link, it wouldn't let me in (new computer, not used to Vista! lol). So is there anyone out there who can give me some info? I live in Wasco County...
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post #81 of 432
Hi all! I'm a newbie here, but am wondering about Oregon? Your list says we are a YES but I am unable to find any specifics online, and my new computer has Vista which is driving me nuts cuz I can't find things! lol I am wanting to start a home based business, and am VERY interested if there's anyone else from Oregon who is doing this? I am in Wasco County...
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post #82 of 432
Hi there, I am in Oregon, Benton county. Our state does license homes. I was just certified. You have to contact the Department of Agriculture for your county. Look in the phone book. Then call and make an appointment. Generally, it was clean house/kitchen. secure area for all cake making supplies. Ours required separate fridge, separate storage from any home foods. dishwasher must reach 160 degrees, or use a bleach solution for rinsing/sanitizing. NO INDOOR ANIMALS. (my guy really stressed that point) LOL. keep all doors/windows shut. no one else but you in kitchen during baking/decorating. no other home cooking going on while baking/decorating. Basic items like that. I am not sure why the attachment would not open. I also have vista, but it did open. But, if you contact the Dept of Ag, they are super nice and will help you out. Kathy
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post #83 of 432
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Originally Posted by kathy164

Hi there, I am in Oregon, Benton county. Our state does license homes. I was just certified. You have to contact the Department of Agriculture for your county. Look in the phone book. Then call and make an appointment. Generally, it was clean house/kitchen. secure area for all cake making supplies. Ours required separate fridge, separate storage from any home foods. dishwasher must reach 160 degrees, or use a bleach solution for rinsing/sanitizing. NO INDOOR ANIMALS. (my guy really stressed that point) LOL. keep all doors/windows shut. no one else but you in kitchen during baking/decorating. no other home cooking going on while baking/decorating. Basic items like that. I am not sure why the attachment would not open. I also have vista, but it did open. But, if you contact the Dept of Ag, they are super nice and will help you out. Kathy



Oy, Thank you Kathy! Your info is extrememly helpful. I've got most of it down okay, however... the big sticking point is we have three dogs here in our house! LOL There are five adults here (me, hubby, my in-laws, and his grandma... DON'T ASK! lmao), so sometimes there are people in and out, but they have all learned to stay out of my way when I'm in the kitchen doing my thing! hehehe So what happens if I am doing cakes for people, just from word of mouth, am doing them from home, but without a license? What are the penalties? Should I just call the fees a "donation?"
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post #84 of 432
Also, sorry about the double post! Computer is giving me fits!!!! icon_redface.gif
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post #85 of 432
I haven't a a response back from my county health department's director. Does anyone know if IL will allow to setup a separate kitchen or will I need to rent ?
post #86 of 432
I haven't a a response back from my county health department's director. Does anyone know if IL will allow to setup a separate kitchen or will I need to rent ?
post #87 of 432
The state of Illinois does not allow home based baking or home food processing. It does allow non-profit organizations to sell their products at local community events that are also none profit. You will need to locate a licensed commercial kitchen or an incubator kitchen.
To learn more about Illinois:
http://the217.com/articles/view/urbana_s_farmers_market_adjusts_to_baked_goods_ban


As for Oregon, the state does have a "cottage law." You may locate the law by visiting the following link:

http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/faq_index.shtml#Domestic_kitchen_licensing_procedures

There is information on getting your kitchen licensed and labeling your products properly. Now with that said please note that every state is different when it comes to labeling even though there are Federal standards also set and you must also file with the feds to sell your product online with the state and across state lines.
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post #88 of 432
The state of Illinois does not allow home based baking or home food processing. It does allow non-profit organizations to sell their products at local community events that are also none profit. You will need to locate a licensed commercial kitchen or an incubator kitchen.
To learn more about Illinois:
http://the217.com/articles/view/urbana_s_farmers_market_adjusts_to_baked_goods_ban


As for Oregon, the state does have a "cottage law." You may locate the law by visiting the following link:

http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/faq_index.shtml#Domestic_kitchen_licensing_procedures

There is information on getting your kitchen licensed and labeling your products properly. Now with that said please note that every state is different when it comes to labeling even though there are Federal standards also set and you must also file with the feds to sell your product online with the state and across state lines.
Denay
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Start Your Home-Based Bakery Today!!!
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post #89 of 432
Bless your heart, you got a house full!! LOL. I am not sure what the penalties are. My inspector did not state any. I know he was real adiment about not having any animals in the house. I think if you are doing them for family and friends you should be ok. If you wanted to open a business then I think you would have to have do something with the puppy dogs. I honestly do not know. I can only say to contact the dept of Ag and they could help you more. I hope you have a great day, Kathy
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post #90 of 432
The rule of thumb is no pets are allowed under any state "cottage law" in the U.S. You cannot have pets inside your home. If you are giving products away as gifts you are not in business, the issue arises when you charge for your products. When there is an exchange of cash...you are transacting business and you are operating illegally, unless you are complying with your states "cottage law" rules and regs. I would recommend to anyone who wants to operate within the law to follow up with their state compliance agency...there's nothing like sleeping good at night.
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