Originally Posted by 3GCakes
Originally Posted by cakemama2010
I live in Florida and therefore can't bake from home. I've looked around online and can't find an answer...is it illegal to have customers only reimburse for the cost of supplies as long as my labor is free?? Any thoughts and opinions would be great!
I don't see how being reimbursed for cost....penny for penny....is illegal. Does this standard only apply to food? I wonder.
The issue is accepting any form of compensation (cash, ingredients, and/or services) for food made in a kitchen that is not licensed. The compensation, even if it's only a penny, makes the transaction commercial, and licensing requirements kick in at that point. It has nothing to do with the amount of compensation.
Of course, in practice if you limit your commercial transactions to your close friends and family and you don't advertise, you are probably OK, since the health department wouldn't know what you were doing. Just remember that every time someone pays you for something they ingest, you are exposed to a huge amount of liability if something goes wrong (like the recent salmonella outbreak). If someone gets sick, you could potentially lose all your personal assets if you are not properly protected with an LLC and liability insurance.
What the heck kind of world would such a system create?
A world where people who sell food for mass consumption are held to a higher standard of safety than someone making dinner for their family at home. Sounds fair to me.