Enact a Cottage Food Law in the State of South Carolina
  • Petitioned South Carolina State Legislature

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South Carolina State Legislature

Enact a Cottage Food Law in the State of South Carolina

    1. Debra Graybeal
    2. Petition by

      Debra Graybeal

      Liberty, SC

To: South Carolina State Legislators

We are petitioning our South Carolina state legislators to enact a Cottage Foods bill authorizing the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and local health departments to issue customized “Home Bakery” licenses/permissions to residential kitchens for the purpose of selling non-potentially-hazardous bakery products, such as, but not limited to: breads, cakes, doughnuts, pastries, buns, rolls, cookies, biscuits, and pies (except meat or cream pies).

This law will help create employment opportunities for state residents currently out of work to become food entrepreneurs. It is acknowledged that the cottage food laws may require food processors to pay a license and/or permit fee. It is this licensing requirement that could bring in money for the entire state or partially pay for any cost incurred for additional regulatory program operations. This law will also allow small commercial bakery owners to operate from a home-based location should their business revenues start to decline due to changes in the economy.

Cottage food laws have been passed in 25 other states, some of them as recently as within the last twelve months. The success in these states gives us hope that South Carolina can and will follow suit to help small business owners succeed in a growing market, providing new opportunities for local entrepreneurs as well as create new jobs. Current state law requires a DHEC approved separate kitchen for any home based bakery. This makes it practically impossible for home bakers to operate in South Carolina under current state law. A statewide Cottage Food Law could change that and help contribute to the continued growth of South Carolina's economy for years to come.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. June 7, 2012 Governor Haley signs H4689!

      Debra Graybeal
      Petition Organizer

      The South Carolina Cottage Food Law has passed! Thank you for all your help and support. We could not have done this without all of your signatures!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. S 1035 - We have a bill!

      Debra Graybeal
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, Senator Shane Massey pre-filed the SC Cottage Food law bill! The bill will be introduced in the Senate after the session starts in January. We need your help in continuing to push this forward. Please call or write your Senator or Representative. Ask them to support S1035. When you hear back, leave a note on the SC Cottage Food Law facebook page (facebook.com/sccottagefoodlaw). Contacting your Senator and Representative will help us get this law passed!

      Thank you for your help,

      Debra Graybeal

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Senator Phillip Shoopman to Cosponsor New Law!

      Debra Graybeal
      Petition Organizer

      Another SC Senator has agreeded to cosponsor the SC Cottage Food Law! Will your senator be the next one? Please go to congress.org and find the name of your Senator. Then email or call them and ask for their support on the new law. Let them know that Senator Shane Massey has agreed to sponsor the bill and Senators Larry Martin, Danny Verdin and Phillip Shoopman are cosponsoring. We need all the support we can get. The new law should be on the agenda in January. Your senators support is vital to getting it passed as soon as possible.

      When you receive a response, leave a note on the SC Cottage Food Law facebook page. I am keeping track of where each senator stands.

      Thank you for supporting this cause that will help many in South Carolina.

      Debra Graybeal

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chrystal Greene APO, AE
      • over 2 years ago

      My family & I are moving to South Caroline this November and I wish to open, license and work a small bakery business from my home kitchen.

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    • craig sollman GREENVILLE, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      Local farmers markets are finding it difficult to stay filled with vendors and this law would help them grow.

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    • Patty L. Epley COLUMBIA, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      Law is definitely needed and I would like to take advantage of this opportunity if given the chance.

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    • Lance Howard CENTRAL, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      Should require full disclosure of ingredients. I'd like to see it be legal to sell herbal teas also, if the water is boiled.

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    • Eunice Lehmacher CLEMSON, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      We are of German ancestry and like German breads which are hard to purchase in SC. This law would allow us and others Germans to serve the community by selling German breads.

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