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My state's new CFL income limit is $25,000 and there are no inspections of the home required. The labeling requirement reads that wherever items are displayed for sale there must be a plaque or signage stating that the items were not required to be inspected.

The only limit on what can be produced are perishable fillings, but considering that the wedding cake for 150 people that was just supplied by an illegal baker (that will magically turn legal on the 25th) was iced with cream cheese frosting I do have to wonder if her methods will change?
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If she's operating illegally, report her. If her home bakery ends up offering products that are illegal under the CFL that can undermine your marketing strategy.
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Originally Posted by Amberwaves

My state's new CFL income limit is $25,000 and there are no inspections of the home required. The labeling requirement reads that wherever items are displayed for sale there must be a plaque or signage stating that the items were not required to be inspected.

The only limit on what can be produced are perishable fillings, but considering that the wedding cake for 150 people that was just supplied by an illegal baker (that will magically turn legal on the 25th) was iced with cream cheese frosting I do have to wonder if her methods will change?


Not all cream cheese frosting is potentially hazardous. I had several recipes tested, and they all came back NPH.
post #79 of 79
Yes same state. And I am very ok with our regulations, I hope that it does help to weed out those that shouldn't be making food for others to consume. As far as it supposed to help find out how to run a "real " business that is exactly what I was looking for my husband and I have talked about me opening a store front for a couple years but right now it just isn't in the cards, but we agreed that if I could make money under the cottage law then we would look at store fronts.
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Also I am really curious what state you are in, my state is in the process of having a CFL and I know that the initial bill had some pretty hefty stuff that even home bakers would have to follow.



We must be in the same state - WA. Reading all the previous posts helped me appreciate our new CFL. The regulations seemed crazy for such a low annual gross income (15K), but it does help to level the playing field a bit while providing a level of reassurance of food safety. The labeling, etc. is a pain, but after seeing a home recently with a shocking (to me) lack of hygiene, I appreciate requiring inspections. Our CFl is supposedly designed to help hobby bakers earn a very modest income, pay taxes, and find out what running a "real" business involves. The scary cheap, illegal Craigslist bakers (last one I saw featured photos of a pretty cake on a slab of plywood next to a paint can in her garage!) will always be in the picture. I hope the flood of newly licensed home bakers do not hurt our established bakeries; hopefully, bakeries really emphasize the products home bakers cannot produce. After a recent experience, I will only purchase from a licensed baker who has either been inspected or whose home I have seen.
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