One of the biggest legislative surprises of the year was the California Assembly's passage of the California Homemade Food Act, which was officially signed in to law by Governor Brown in September. The act legalized the sale of homemade "non-potentially hazardous foods," which, according to the bill, included things like breads, dried fruit and nuts, jam, nut butters, granola, popcorn, teas, homemade cookies, and pies. Cottage food activists like Mark Stambler, a long time backyard baker, championed the bill despite opposition from some influential members of the food industry.
The law officially goes into effect on January 1st, and to help clarify the "legalese" to any current or aspiring home cooks, Stambler will host an informational community meeting, explaining the limitations of the act, which includes a maximum "gross product sale" of $35,000 in 2013 (Were you on planning on selling $35K worth of homemade pie this year?). In addition to Stambler's overview, two representatives of the LA County Department of Environmental Health will be on hand to answer any health department-related questions.
The meeting will take place on Saturday, January 5, at 1:00 p.m. inside the Silver Lake Library Meeting Room.
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