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post #31 of 66
lol- funny that the breed of my dog was blocked out. Didn't type it like that. We always pronounced it Sheet-zu so that my daughter didn't run around pronouncing naughty words.
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post #32 of 66
jentreu, sorry about your dog.

as a pp mentioned, no indoor pets allowed here.

I did want to mention, just for the heck of it I reckon, that I worked at a bakery where there were no dogs in or about it but there was dog hair found from time to time due to the fact that some employees had indoor pets that shed...and bad too...and their clothes would be covered in it...
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post #33 of 66
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

This varies from state to state, but let me ask you this, would you eat at a restaurant that had a pet free roaming?



Depends, but I bet I have eaten at a restaurant where an employee hadn't washed their hands! Ya just never know!
post #34 of 66
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Originally Posted by all4cake

I worked at a bakery where there were no dogs in or about it but there was dog hair found from time to time due to the fact that some employees had indoor pets that shed...and bad too...and their clothes would be covered in it...



I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

I would not order from a home-based baker that has pets in the house. Nope, just couldn't do it.
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post #35 of 66
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Originally Posted by this-mama-rocks

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Originally Posted by all4cake

I worked at a bakery where there were no dogs in or about it but there was dog hair found from time to time due to the fact that some employees had indoor pets that shed...and bad too...and their clothes would be covered in it...



I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

I would not order from a home-based baker that has pets in the house. Nope, just couldn't do it.



This wasn't a home-based bakery. This is a well-established, free-standing, full-fledged, storefront bakery. No animals in or about the place but some of the associates owned pets that shed and they would wear the pet's hair into the bakery on their clothes...unintentionally, I'm sure but still.

How many storefront bakery owners require more than a hairnet, clean hands/nails and/or gloves? No one that I know of checks associate's clothing for 'debris'...(I don't get out much so maybe they do exist).
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post #36 of 66
I realize that you were referring to a storefront bakery, that there were no dogs in the bakery, and that the dog hair came from the associates.

I got all of that. Really, I did.

My last comment was directed at the original direction of this thread, not to the content of your post. Regardless of the local laws, I personally would not order from a home-based baker that has pets in the house.
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post #38 of 66
KHalstead,
I am not doubting that you checked into the laws of having pets in the house and a home bakery. But I am a little confused. I too live in Ohio and have a licensed home bakery. When I contaced the Ohio Department of Agriculture (based out of Columbus), the first requirement the lady told me was "no pets" in the house. We have a fish, Nemo, but he doesn't count (I doubled checked). The lady said no dogs, cats, hampsters, ferrets...anything with fur.

I know each county can have different rules, but that info is from the State Department, which has final ruling on these matters. It even states no pets on their website:

Type of License: Food Safety (Home Bakery)

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Who Needs This License? Home baking of potentially hazardous baked goods

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Licensing Period: Valid through September 30

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Annual Fee: $10

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Requirements: No pets in the home and no carpet in the kitchen

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Forms Needed: License application is supplied at time of inspection.
Renewals are sent via the Division of Food Safety


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Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Food Safety
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6250
Email: foodsafety@agri.ohio.gov
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post #39 of 66
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Originally Posted by cai0311

KHalstead,
I am not doubting that you checked into the laws of having pets in the house and a home bakery. But I am a little confused. I too live in Ohio and have a licensed home bakery. When I contaced the Ohio Department of Agriculture (based out of Columbus), the first requirement the lady told me was "no pets" in the house. We have a fish, Nemo, but he doesn't count (I doubled checked). The lady said no dogs, cats, hampsters, ferrets...anything with fur.

I know each county can have different rules, but that info is from the State Department, which has final ruling on these matters. It even states no pets on their website:

Type of License: Food Safety (Home Bakery)

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Who Needs This License? Home baking of potentially hazardous baked goods

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Licensing Period: Valid through September 30

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Annual Fee: $10

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Requirements: No pets in the home and no carpet in the kitchen

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Forms Needed: License application is supplied at time of inspection.
Renewals are sent via the Division of Food Safety


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Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Food Safety
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6250
Email: foodsafety@agri.ohio.gov



In my state you can't even have a fish in a fish bowl, which I think is quite absurd. I think they just didn't think of that when making the law.
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post #40 of 66
my inspector was aware that we have three dogs, but they are outside 90 percent of the time (we have 5 acres and a barn so they are quite happy to raom and have shelter when they want it) and downstairs in our finished basement the rest of the time (mostly to sleep at night). NEVER on the main floor where my kitchen is, EVER. I think in VA (papers not in front of me but I have a pretty good memory) you can have animals in the house but they cannot be near the kitchen while you are working. I personally dont let mine on that floor of the house EVER because I think hair just hangs around forever.
post #41 of 66
fish carry funky shtuff as do birds, snakes, lizards...and pet rocks...

what about the mexican hairless...would that be allowed? it ain't got fur, does it?
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post #42 of 66
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Originally Posted by all4cake

jentreu, sorry about your dog.

as a pp mentioned, no indoor pets allowed here.

I did want to mention, just for the heck of it I reckon, that I worked at a bakery where there were no dogs in or about it but there was dog hair found from time to time due to the fact that some employees had indoor pets that shed...and bad too...and their clothes would be covered in it...



Point I tried to make in my post last night on the subject. I visit a friend that has a dog inside. When I leave her house I use a lint roller to remove dog hair before getting into my vehicle. I work in a bakery and am totally paronid about hair. Period. Especially pet hair. I do not have a dog in the house and certainly would not if I baked in my home. I agree with this-momma-rocks...would NOT buy from a homebaker that has a dog in the house.
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post #43 of 66
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

I agree with this-momma-rocks...would NOT buy from a homebaker that has a dog in the house.



Playing devil's advocate here, what about service dogs?? Service dogs (not just seeing eye dogs) are permitted BY LAW into any establishment. Would you not patronize a food service establishment because they have to allow service animals? How do you know when you walk into a fine dining/high end restaurant that there isn't a service dog under a table.

I have a service dog and am hobby baker/decorator, not legal to sell from home in my state. I give my cakes as gifts and NEVER once has anyone ever found a stray dog hair in my cakes or cookies.

This wasn't intended to add fuel to the fire, it's just something I have to deal with every day because most people do not realize that some wheelchair users qualify for a service dog and I just happen to be one of them.


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post #44 of 66
I know any animal can carry disease. That wasn't my point. I was just wondering how the state website info and the info the other cc received didn't match. I am only basing my post off what the lady at the office and the inspector that came to my house said. Nemo is allow, but nothing with fur. I didn't ask about lizards and such because I don't have any nor do I plan on getting any. The only reason we have Nemo is because he was the centerpiece at our wedding. Who knew a beta fish could live 3 years. Had I been told I couln't keep Nemo, I would have flushed him that day.
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post #45 of 66
In OHIO - you do not have to be licensed to legally sell product from your home. You can LEGALLY sell product with a pet in your home. (NON licensed - thanks to our large Amish population here!)

That being said, IF YOU ARE LICENSED (which again, is NOT a requirement to be legal here) - no, you cannot have pets inside or carpet in the kitchen.

I am licensed only for marketing reasons - my "compettion" used it as a marketing tool, so I got the license so I now can use it too. I was never asked by a client nor was it needed to be legal here.
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