The California Homemade Food Act (also known as “AB 1616″) passed in California on September 21st, 2012 and went into effect on January 1st, 2013.
The law permits a number of food items to be sold directly or indirectly (goods sold through third-parties, like stores or restaurants) made from personal kitchens.
Why is this important? Before this law any food that was sold directly or indirectly had to be prepared at a commercial kitchen; one that is permitted by the health department. Commercial kitchens can be expensive and aren't always convenient. This new law allows a small business to "permit" a personal kitchen for commercial use for the production of certain food items that can then be sold elsewhere.
This informational will delve into the law, also known as the Cottage Food Law, and discuss opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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