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Cottage Food Bill in Arkansas

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A Cottage Food Bill has cleared the Arkansas House and Senate, and now goes to the Governor for signing. I gave it a quick read, and it appars that you can sell non-potentially hazardous foods out of your home, directly to the consumer, as long as the labeling requirements are met.

Article
http://politics4all.com/campaigns/117-david-meeks-for-us-house/blog/11916-week-in-review-at-the-capital

Text
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Bills/HB1323.pdf

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post #2 of 35
Congrats to all who live in Arkansas!
post #3 of 35
REALLY??!!! So what does that mean exactly? Because I am getting excited!!! icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 35
Thinking of moving to NWA soon so definately interested.
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A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands!
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post #6 of 35
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Yay! Congrats, guys!
post #7 of 35
But but it mean that you an only sell at Farmer's Markets?
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post #8 of 35
In Arkansas prior to this passing of the "cottage food operations bill" you could not sell, bake, or advertise, give prices for any and all baked items from your home UNLESS you had a permit from the county that you have a certified kitchen and appliances.

This current bill allows you to produce food items from your home including bakery products, candy, canned fruit & butter, jams, jellies,etc.

The bill goes on to state: Those exempt also included in the cottage food production operation......on the condition that the operation offers its products directly to the consumer (1) from the site where the products are being produced (2) At a farmers' market (3) at a county fair (4) at a special event and must be (1) made available to the Department of Health for sampling.

Other conditions: (2) clearly labeled with no nutritional claims (3) label must have name, address of the business, name of the product, the ingredients of the product, and must say "This product is home produced".


You can sell at the farmer' market IF you also market (1) fresh unprocessed fruits or vegetables or (2) maple syrup, sorghum or honey or (3) commercially prepackaged foods
post #9 of 35
As I read it you can sell from where the product is produced. Read the article.
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post #10 of 35
Can anybody in the "know" tell me the route to go to get this done in Wisconsin? Even though everybody is so up in arms in Madison it's bound to settle eventually.
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Just wanted to stop by and say Congratulations to all in Arkansas. Sounds like a win to me!

Hopefully before the end of this year we'll have a bunch more states added to the list of those that have a Cottage Food Law enacted.
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post #13 of 35
This is so exciting! Now if I can just figure out what else I need to do in order to sell my cakes from home!
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post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by aliciababcock

This is so exciting! Now if I can just figure out what else I need to do in order to sell my cakes from home!

If you figure it out please let me know so when we move to AR I'll know what to do icon_smile.gif
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post #15 of 35
I think - after re-re-re-rereading the bill, that we have to have a label with our name, address and ingredients listed on everything that we sell. thumbs_up.gif (Sell - after 8 years of giving everything away, I just can't imagine it!!!) icon_biggrin.gif
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