Indiana Becomes A Home-Based Baking State

Business By homebasedbaking Updated 10 Jul 2009 , 6:54pm by indydebi

homebasedbaking Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:52pm
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In the last legislative session (State of Indiana), an exemption was added for home-based processing of products that are not potentially hazardous food products and are sold at a farmers market or roadside stands (see statute below). The link below is guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health regarding this exemption:

http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/HEA_1309_guidance_final_6_11_09.pdf

If you have further questions, I would recommend contacting the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Food Protection. Their main phone number is 317/233-7360 and email is [email protected]

How is this important to bakers? A number of bakeries have closed in recent months and a number of pastry chefs/bakers are losing their jobs. If you are interested in starting a home-based bakery there are 13 states that have "cottage laws" which allow state citizens to bake from home and sell to the public for profit.

The state of Alabama passed a "cottage law" on April 21, 2009 so bakers can now start a home-based bakery in AL.

Hoping bakers who need to...will take advantage of this...I am available to answer questions about home food processing, I teach (How to Operate a Home-Based Bakery face-to-face/nationwide) for Wake County Public School System Lifelong Learning in Raleigh NC...North Carolina is also a home-based baking state.

If you would like to learn more please email me at [email protected]

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leah_s Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:07pm
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But you still have to sell only at a Farmer's Market. Not directly from your house.

LynnZClaire Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:22pm
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hmmmm, interesting to know about NC. I wasn't aware of that. If you live on a state line, what are the rules about selling to the other state that does not have a "cottage law" ie. NC and SC?

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 7:35pm
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Originally Posted by LynnZClaire

hmmmm, interesting to know about NC. I wasn't aware of that. If you live on a state line, what are the rules about selling to the other state that does not have a "cottage law" ie. NC and SC?




I have heard that you can only sell within your state and that you can't sell to the other state. You might want to find out what the law is in SC. I don't think that's a state that you can be licensed out of your own kitchen.

bobwonderbuns Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 7:46pm
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Does anyone know what the 13 stated with cottage laws are?

kelleym Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 9:00pm
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www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/facts.htm

Denay - do you have a link to the Alabama law?

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 9:03pm
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Thanks for that link KelleyM! I decided to print a copy!

kbgieger Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 9:19pm
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Here's the info on Alabama...

http://www.fma.alabama.gov/HomeProc.aspx

Karen

kelleym Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 9:58pm
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I'm reading the Alabama information as applying to Farmer's Markets only. Can anyone clarify?

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 11:33pm
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Originally Posted by kelleym

I'm reading the Alabama information as applying to Farmer's Markets only. Can anyone clarify?




Sounds that way to me too!

indydebi Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 6:54pm
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Originally Posted by leahs

But you still have to sell only at a Farmer's Market. Not directly from your house.




Correct. Cannot sell from your home. Cannot sell to restaurants or other commercial businesses. Must be labeled with ingredients AND must be clearly labeled that it's made in an uninspected kitchen. Product must exchange hands in a Farmer's Market, Roadside stand.

The original bill was called the Home Processor's Bill but the verbage was drastically changed and it was changed to the Farmer's Market bill. The phrase "home processor" was noticeably removed.

There is a lot of add'l info in some other threads on this topic.

Best advice is to contact your local health dept to see how to comply with HB1309.

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