The Governor of Florida signed the Cottage Food Act on 6/21/2011. This will become effective July 1st. If you have any questions regarding the bill please contact the Dept of Agriculture after July 1st.
Enjoy your new found freedom to bake from your homes.
Happy Baking Everyone!!!
Yeah, where can we read more about it??
Here is the link, page down to Page 26, Line 726 and read from that point.
If the link above does not work for you I have also attached the bill to this discussion.
Eileen, if you read the entire bill yes it is overwhelming, but if you just read the part of the Cottage Food Requirements it is very simple. All you need to be concerned with is from Line 726 and down to the end of the Cottage Food law section. Yes there are other laws incorporated into the bill but all you need to read is that one section of the law that pertains to the Cottage Food Law. That is why I state to scroll down to page 26 line 726, I didn't want everyone to get overwhelmed like you did.
Where did you read a food safety course is required?
No a Food Safety Course is not required for the Cottage Food Act, it is required for Food Establishments.
$15,000 Gross Sales
Cannot SELL on the Internet, Mail Order and Wholesale. This does not mean you cannot advertise on the internet.
Label your products, if the cake does not fit in a box, put the label in with the contract or receipt or on the bottom of the cake board. Make sure you include the required statement on the label: "Made in a Cottage Food Operation that is not Subject to Florida's food safety regulations" As far as the label goes everyone can read the exact requirement in the bill that I posted.
If you have any further questions wait until after July 1st and direct them to the Dept of Agriculture.
Eileen, I wasn't aware you do not live in Florida. I believe someone is working on getting the Cottage Food Law in Wisconsin already. You may want to check out www.cakecentral.com Keep in mind every state applies this law differently it all depends on the legislation how they want to write the law. I did not have anything to do with writing our bill. The Florida Cottage Food Act is pretty much like the Michigan one. So if you are going to attempt to get this law going in Wisconsin, do your homework find out who is the strongest in your legislation. We sent many many letters to our State Representatives, and not one representative sponsor the bill. I sent a letter to our Speaker of the House and he is the one who made all this happen for us. We also had a online petition which I included the link with every emailed letter I sent to all the state departments, state reps, and Speaker of the House.