Cooking Up a Cottage Food Business

LIBERTY, September 5, 2013 - Recent changes to the Texas Cottage Food Law mean that more foods can be prepared and sold from a residential kitchen. “The previous law limited the foods that could be sold to mainly baked goods, jams and jellies, and dried herbs”, says Alexis Cordova, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent for Liberty County. Under the amended law, which took effect September 1st, the list of foods that can be sold has been expanded to include pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters, and vinegar. In addition, these foods can be sold at venues outside the home including farmers markets, roadside stands, and fairs. All foods sold must be properly labeled and include the name and address of the operation, the name of the product, possible allergens that are in the food, and a statement saying the food was not prepared in a kitchen that is inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department.

The amended law also requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler’s card by January 1st, 2014. Individuals interested in receiving their food handler card can do so by completing the food handler’s course online at foodsafetyonline.tamu.edu.

For more information about the Cottage Food Law, contact your County Extension office at (936) 334-3230 or sign up for our “Cooking up a Cottage Food Business” workshop scheduled for October 3, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office located at 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty, TX. Please call to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Registration Fee of $10 will be received at the door.

 

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