Mar 5, 2012 4:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Cottage food act goes to governor

The House of Representatives passed the Colorado Cottage Foods Act today.  It has already passed in the Senate.

It would give cottage bakers the right to sell some foods directly to consumers.

The bill covers foods which are low in moisture and may be safely maintained at room temperatures with minimal risk of spoiling.

"This bill will prove a boon to our state's cottage industry food producers," said Representative Don Coram, R-Montrose. "Under this bill, full-time moms, dads and others with a passion for cooking can share their creations and boost their household income. This is a good jobs bill."

Under Coram's measure, producers must be certified in safe food handling and sell their food directly to consumers, such as through a farmers' market, a roadside stand or from home.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Act would add Colorado to the list of 26 other states who allow home-based bakeries. Coram's bill exempts small producers from commercial licensing requirements not only for baked goods, but also for items like teas, jellies and even certain egg producers who sell fewer than 250 dozen eggs a month.

The will now awaits the signature of Governor Hickenlooper.




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