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On Fox5 News today at 5:00 there is a lady in teaneck, NJ selling cakes from her home at 40.00. she has 100 orders to still do. She is selling to save her home from forclosure. Isn't it illegal to sell cakes from home?
post #2 of 161
I'm going back a few years, but I believe that with proper inspections and licensing you can. I do know that there cannot be ANY pets of any kind whatsoever in the home; otherwise you have to have a kitchen that is completely separate from the home (as in a separate building).

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post #3 of 161
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She is selling and baking in her kitchen. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to sell in NJ from your home. If you go online check out Fox5 News and see if it is there, it was just on TV today. It doesn't appear like she did any kind of cert or licsenses. It appears she just thought of it overnight. Baking from home in Newe Jersey is really really hard.. close to impossible.
post #4 of 161
I guess anyone in her position will do the same thing. I know I would, I hope she gets the money she needs and gets her house out of foreclosure.
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post #5 of 161
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Me too. If I were desperate I would do it too. Especially now with this economy.....you cannot even find a job. I wish her luck. I hope she doesn't get in any trouble and makes all the money she needs to get out of her unfortunate situaton. Kuddos to her!
post #6 of 161
Unfortunately, if it aired on TV and she is not licensed the HD will be on her soon. I can empathize with her, she is just trying to survive but I doubt they will exempt her.

They shouldn't have aired it on TV like that. It's probably going to bite her later. Maybe some benevolent soul will help her out with a kitchen so she can keep selling. I hope the HD doesn't fine her...
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post #7 of 161
Regarding the legality of her particular situation, unless the article states, it'd be difficult to say whether or not what she's doing is wrong. Well, I do indeed give her credit though, because that's certainly a LOT of work from a home kitchen. I wonder what her timeline is for delivering them? Anyway, I hope she's not doing anything to put her further in jeopardy, and that her bake sale is a success! I'd probably buy one if I could get there! icon_wink.gif
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post #8 of 161
It is illegal in the state of NJ. I feel for her.... I am sure there are others out there in similar situations...I don't know if the HD will go easy on her.
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post #10 of 161
Yes, totally illegal in NJ and being on the news is not going to help her stay "under wraps". You admire the spirit, but if they decide to fine her, she'll lose a good chunk of the profits she's been working for. Maybe the publicity will get someone to help her out though. Stranger things have happened.....
post #11 of 161
I can think of two situations I know of personally of people who were selling food out of their homes without licensing, they had stories about their businesses on the news and in the paper, and both were busted by the HD right afterward. I hope that the news station runs a follow-up about how she got shut down and fined after their story aired, so that people will want to help her out.
post #12 of 161
Indiana story: A little girl (10? 11 years old?) was in a newspaper story about her little cake business. Her work was pretty good for a kid. Unfortunately, she had a price list. Story got to the HD and they shut her down. (The story then became how the "big bad HD" shut down a little girl. However, what the HD said is true: The law doesn't say unless you're a cute little girl, then it's ok. If it's wrong for one, it's wrong for all.

So yeah ... if the NJ HD is on the ball, she'll be busted.
post #13 of 161
In NJ it is 100% completely ILLEGAL to sell any food product made in a home kitchen (the only exceptions are for charity fundraisers, school bake sales, etc--and in those cases it's more of a don't ask, don't tell policy on that. And since she is not a school, charity or non-profit org, this would n fall under that umbrella). The ONLY way to have a "home" bakery in NJ is to have a COMPLETELY separate kitchen that is not accessible from inside the residence (a basement or attached garage cannot be used if they are accessible from inside the home), and it must be completely up to commercial code (proper flooring, triple sinks, commercial appliances, grease trap, etc, etc).

Here's her website, BTW:
www.maccakes.com
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<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
post #14 of 161
Hmmm, I wonder if she'll pay taxes on that income as well.
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
post #15 of 161
Is this really a home business though? I mean essentially she is taking donations to save her home. In return she is offering these people a cake she baked. I can't believe they shut down a little girl! I agree that fair for one, fair for all but man, are they gonna shut down little kids lemonade stands too. So, really I know nothing...did she (the litttle girl) get shut down only because she had a price list and that made it a business?
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