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Limited goods allowed under new cottage foods law

Jul 12th, 2011 | Category: News

STATE – A new Cottage Food Operations law becomes effective in Washington State this month, allowing a limited number of goods to be made in home kitchens and sold to the public. The new law, effective July 22, states “nonpotentially hazardous baked goods; jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butters” are permitted to be sold. The final bill differs greatly from the original version, which was based off a law in Michigan that allows residents to create goods in their home kitchens, however state officials from the Washington State Department of Agriculture said a new committee is being formed to decide what will ultimately be on the list of permitted foods. Residents interested in using their home kitchens must acquire a food and beverage service worker’s permit, and have an inspection of their kitchen, a cost of $125, before the initial license is permitted. The law allows a maximum gross sales of $15,000 until Dec. 31, 2012. More information about this new law and the permitted items will be published in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of Grow Northwest.

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