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.