Mar. 15, 2012
DENVER—Today, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. The bill was carried through the House by state Rep. Don Coram.
The law gives cottage bakers and other home industry, non-hazardous food producers the freedom to sell their goods directly to consumers, which is currently prohibited under Colorado law. Non-hazardous foods are low in moisture and may be maintained at room temperature with minimal risk of spoiling, like refrigerated foods such as meat or cooked vegetables would.
“This law affords Colorado families and rural areas of the state a real opportunity for job creation,” said Coram, R-Montrose. “Now, families with a passion for cooking can do what they love and legitimately sell their creations to food enthusiasts across the state.”
Under Coram’s measure, producers must be certified in safe food handling and sell their food directly to consumers, such as through a farmers’ market, a roadside stand or from home.
The Colorado Cottage Foods Act would add Colorado to the list of 26 other states who allow home-based bakeries. Coram’s bill exempts small producers from commercial licensing requirements not only for baked goods, but also for items like teas, jellies and even certain egg producers who sell fewer than 250 dozens of eggs a month.
“Colorado now joins other states that have opened up opportunities for people by releasing the choke of overregulation,” Coram added. “This is a good jobs bill.”
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