Mar 16, 2012 2:04 PM by Greg Boyce

Cottage food act signed into law

Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.

The law gives cottage bakers the freedom to sell their goods directly to consumers, which is currently prohibited under Colorado law. The law covers so called "non-hazardous foods" which are low in moisture and may be maintained at room temperature with minimal risk of spoiling.

"This law affords Colorado families and rural areas of the state a real opportunity for job creation," said Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose. "Now, families with a passion for cooking can do what they love and legitimately sell their creations to food enthusiasts across the state."

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. Included are items like teas, jellies and even certain egg producers who sell fewer than 250 dozen eggs a month.





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