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post #16 of 20
I went to FL Dept of Ag website http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ this morning & sent an email asking what specifics would be required as the info on the website is mind numbing. This is the response that I received (almost immediately):
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Dear Ms. Lamm,

Bill 7209 specifying new language in Chapter 500 Florida Statutes was passed during the recent legislative session. This change will allow small food business enterprises to operate without a food permit from the Department under certain conditions and restrictions. The bill in essence allows for the production of certain non potentially hazardous foods such as cakes, cookies, jams, jellies, breads, certain dry mixes and vinegars to be prepared in ones personal residence using only ones home kitchen appliances. The products may not be prepared in an extended building or with additional equipment. The annual gross sales cannot exceed $15,000. The products may not be sold via the internet, mail order or wholesale , which includes such places as restaurants and food stores. In addition, there are certain labeling requirements. The Department does have the authority to investigate these types of operations on a complaint basis and penalties for non compliance may be imposed. This law will come into effect July 1, 2011. The Department is currently charged with writing rules and guidance documents to further explain what can and cannot be done in such operations. Until such times it is unlawful to prepare any food in ones personal residence and sell such products.



Thank You.



Food Inspection





HTH I guess we just need to stay tuned to Dept of Ag for the new regulations & guidlines. I requested that I be notified if possible when these docs be made available. I will post them if I receive them. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 20
Thanks for the info and such great news!
post #18 of 20
under the new cottage law no online sales are allowed in Florida? Thanks in advance
post #19 of 20
Click on this link it has all the information you need to know about the Florida Cottage Food Law.
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/fs/CottageFoodAdvisorySeptember2011.pdf

Copy and paste the link if it doesn't work than go to the Florida Dept of Agriculture click on the divisions scroll down to FOOD SAFETY, the information is posted there.

These are the requirements you must follow and it explains everything in a very simple format.

If you have questions contact the dept don't ask for answers on the forum because you could get the wrong answer.
post #20 of 20
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Thank you to all that have replied.

I posted the original question back in June. It's now October and it's been interesting. icon_eek.gif

Since June, I have obtained my Business License and am gearing up to get an EIN from the IRS, plan to form an LLC and get my insurance all lined up.

At the end of this month I will be attending a seminar put on by the SBA. I figured I would attend this before proceeding. Just to make sure that I do this correctly.icon_cool.gif

Oh, I'll also be joining Restaurant Depot so that I can save on some of the ingredients and tools. (Got to admit tho, I just love perusing this store. It's an adventure!) icon_lol.gif
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