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post #16 of 35
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post #17 of 35
Yes, you do have to have labels. But I'm guessing you also have to have a HD inspection and some kind of license.
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post #18 of 35
I don't think so, but I have my friend, who has to go to the capital 3 days a week, checking for me. The big question is, how do you get people to start paying, for what they use to get for free??? (without hurting anyone's feelings?)
post #19 of 35
Tell them you're now a business and can't afford to give away your product.
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post #20 of 35
Thread Starter 
It appears to me to be an exemption, which means no license, no inspections.
post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by kelleym

It appears to me to be an exemption, which means no license, no inspections.

icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif So does that mean you can just start advertising and selling?
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post #22 of 35
Thread Starter 
It appears that it was effective on the date the governor signed it, which was 2/18. It says you can sell certain non-potentially hazardous foods from your home kitchen as long as you sell directly to the consumer, and you label it appropriately. This is like an exemption, which is among the easiest ways for states to enact these types of laws; there are no rules, and it doesn't cost any money for the state. It's the ultimate form of the government getting out of our way to let us provide for ourselves.

However, there is this one little section:
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(1) "Cottage food production operation" means a person who produces food items in the person's home that are not potentially hazardous foods, including without limitation:
(A) Bakery products;
(B) Candy;
(C) Fruit butter;
(D) Jams;
(E) Jellies; and
(F) Similar products specified in rules adopted by the Department of Health;



I'm not clear on (F) whether they're referring to existing rules, or new rules that are going to be written. So the safest thing to do is to call them and ask how you can comply with the new law. thumbs_up.gifjudge.gif
post #23 of 35
Who do you call?
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post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 
I would call the Arkansas Department of Health headquarters in Little Rock if you don't already live there. If you do live there, call your local county office.
post #25 of 35
Thanks Kelly. I don't live there yet but will look them up.
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post #26 of 35
Do you have to get a business license or permit in your city? Or can I just start charging people? I have no clue how to begin now, seeing as I never thought this day would come!
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post #27 of 35
See kelleym's post above.
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post #28 of 35
YA!!!!!!!! This is a big deal!!!!
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post #29 of 35
I understand the bill to mean we can now bake and sell from our homes to customers. No license, no inspections, no separate structure for kitchen. All we have to do is have a label and a MUST on the label is : name, address of the person who made it; name of the product; ingredients in the product; and in 10-point type "This product is home-produced".
post #30 of 35
Yippeeee! I just found this out from someone I know that has been making cake for a while at home. A local bakery reported her! Really, like there's not enough business to go around? People can be so petty. I found a website that tells how to get approved in Little Rock, but I live in south Arkansas. So if someone knows what I need to do, please let me know. If I found out I will share the information to anyone who asks.

Just lost my job so this is such a big deal. I have been doing cakes for family and friends for over 25 years! Just to think that I could be a real business is very exciting! icon_biggrin.gif
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