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Topic: California cottage food act introduced in state assembly
whoknew? 03/18/2012 4:41 PM
This is a link to a current thread posted by jason_kraft.

ALL CALIFORNIA BAKERS~~please, please start writing emails, letters, etc.! As I write letters I'll post on here to give specific email addresses, etc.

Bump this often!
MargaretFRN 03/18/2012 5:38 PM
whoknew-I clicked to the link got the site but it froze. Can you just give me the gist of the cottage law and what is happening now? When I started baking I looked up cottage law for CA-I understood it as we cannot sell baked goods out of our home. Is this the case? ??I live in SF-I bake for friends-do charge them-but told people I do not want to have more business because of what I understand the law is I cannot sell my baked goods. I tell my friends I dont want to be hauled off to jail-where would I plug in my curling iron? Thanks for any info
whoknew? 03/18/2012 7:59 PM

Copied directly from the CC thread (Many thanks to jason_kraft):
The California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) was recently introduced in the CA state assembly!

The rules from the bill are at the link below (these rules may change as the legislative process continues). Registration with the local health dept would be required, probably including a fee, but no routine inspections are required (unless there is a complaint) and there is no limit on sales. Wholesale, mail order, and internet sales are OK. Section 113406 of the bill also restricts the ability of municipalities to disallow legal homemade food operations for zoning reasons, which is great for home bakers but this provision may not survive. From what I can tell it looks like compliance with the trans fat ban is handled on the honor system, but that may change. I would also be surprised if a gross sales limit was not added to the bill.

AB 1616 was referred to the Assembly's health committee on 2/23. Contact information for the committee can be found at the link below:

And a list of members in the committee:

If you live in California and your rep is on the committee this is a great opportunity to voice your opinion.
You can also track the bill here:

This bill (among others) will be discussed at a health committee assembly hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol building, Room 4202 in Sacramento.

If you live in the area and would like to testify for the bill (you'll have 3 minutes max), contact the committee at 916.319.2097.
A quick search pulled up this site about the Cottage Food law in Texas. Sounds similar to the proposed components of the California law.
sweetgrandma 03/20/2012 7:12 AM
Best of luck to you!! Writing letter helps a lot!!!
newbakermom 03/20/2012 11:05 AM
Whoknew, I live in CA. But when it comes to this type of stuff, I have no idea where to start. What do I write? Will it make a difference because I'm new to this baking hobby and don't know much of what's going on? Any suggestions as to what I can do to help?
whoknew? 03/20/2012 1:34 PM
It is super easy! Just go to the link below. It has a sample letter and a link to help you find your Senator and Assembly representative.
whoknew? 03/20/2012 1:37 PM
p.s. The link above also has an online petition that you can sign. It is best, however, make a telephone call AND a letter AND sign the petition.
newbakermom 03/20/2012 10:47 PM
Thanks whoknew? I will definitely do that. I would love to sell cakes, at least for family and friends, knowing that I won't be doing anything illegal.

Please let us know if you hear of anything else we can do.