Enact a Cottage Food Law in California
We’ve made real progress towards our goal of passing California’s cottage food law! Our bill, AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, is on the Governor's desk waiting to be signed!
But we really need your help! Governor Brown is being pressured by various interest groups, including some public health officials, to veto the bill so we really need to demonstrate the widespread grassroots support for homemeade food in California! Visit our campaign's TAKE ACTION page at the link below for a sample letter to the Governor and his mailing address:
Also, please consider making a donation to the Sustainable Economies Law Center at http://www.razoo.com/story/Cottagefoodlaw no matter how small, to help us continue our legal research, advocacy and building grassroots support around the state. Given our very low overhead, even a modest donation can go a long way towards ensuring that the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) will pass during this session of the legislature and be signed by the Governor this month.
Aside from our occasional email updates, you can find out more information on the bill and how you can help by visiting www.cottagefood.org.
- California State Legislature
We wish to express our support for the passage of a Cottage Food Bill in California. Currently, it is illegal for people to sell foods not produced in a certified commercial kitchen. A Cottage Food Law would enable individuals to sell homemade “non-potentially hazardous foods,” meaning foods that do not require refrigeration, such as baked goods, jams, granola, roasted coffee, and dry nut, herb and tea blends, dried fruit, honey, and candy.
Cottage food laws, which exist in 33 other U.S. states and in every region of the country, open up a new realm of possibility for small-scale enterprise and localized food production. Such laws allow new entrepreneurs to develop a customer base, test the marketability of their products, and earn income. Removing the significant financial and logistical barrier of having a commercial kitchen makes starting one’s own community-based food business more feasible for a greater number of people. It also gives consumers access to a greater variety of home-cooked, artisanal, and locally-produced foods. Cottage food laws also make bake sales legal.
We wish to see a Cottage Food Law in California that has minimal licensing and inspection requirements for small-scale cottage food entrepreneurs, and which allows producers to sell directly to consumers, as well as to restaurants and grocery markets.
Given the large and growing “eat local” movement in California and the environmental and economic benefits of local-community-based food production resources, a Cottage Food Law is long overdue in California.
Find out more about the efforts by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, the Los Angeles Bread Bakers and Proyecto Jardin to get such a law passed in California and how you can help by visiting www.cottagefood.org.
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