Permits/Licenses for selling Food goods

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GoTo says

Me too cottagelinens.

In one critique I mentioned that to a food seller, and he said he was all licensed and inspected and he thought that saying his kitchen was "clean and professional grade" was sufficient. I let him know that as a buyer, it wouldn't be, but he liked it that way and wouldn't consider adding that he had met all the legal requirements... go figure!

Posted at 5:25pm Sep 10, 2010 EDT

GoTo - Then I hope he is also happy with his sales. I would think there would be a lot of people who won't buy unless it states up front that they have the proper requirements. Personally I wouldn't even ask. I just would find someone else to buy from.

Posted at 6:14pm Sep 10, 2010 EDT

GoTo says

Yup, I'd just move on too. Asking about it, I wouldn't be confident that I was just being given a line because I asked if they said they were licensed.

I wonder if he ever decided it wasn't such a bad idea....

Posted at 7:13pm Sep 10, 2010 EDT

btw, there are strict requirements for pet snacks as well after the CHina melamine pet food problem.
two things I wouldn't sell: food, kids jewelry.
if you do any craft fairs, it's a good idea to have personal liability insurance. again, I"d not be in biz w/o it...

Posted at 7:18pm Sep 10, 2010 EDT

GoTo says

Excellent point goldenwatercreations--our pets need protection too so I'm glad to hear that.

Posted at 7:24pm Sep 10, 2010 EDT

I can't imagine someone getting upset over a request for kitchen certification. I am a lupus patient on immune inhibitors and have been made sick by something sold on the counter at a stop-n-go. When asked where they were made I was told the owners mom makes them at home.. Not OK. Too bad this was after the fact.

I would buy food made here if I knew it was in a certified commercial kitchen by somone who knows food safety. We had a catering Company before I got sick and I know the hoops you have to jump through and why. When I had to take the Food Managers certification classes/tests I learned things I would rather not know about food safety. There are rules for a reason...if you know them and abide by them I am all for selling on Etsy. I think small business is a grand thing.

BTW.. sometimes you can rent day/morning space at a restaurant that only serves in the evenings. You can get certified with the department of health using their location as a separate business. I know some people who have done this for cake baking.

Good luck to anyone wanting to try.

Posted at 3:15pm Oct 2, 2010 EDT

There are only a handful of states that allow baking from home. Texas right now isn't one of them, though I know some cake girls that have a bill before congress (?) to change that law. I used to have a home-based cookie biz so I know how lucky I am to live in Ohio where it is legal. I was legal under the cottage food laws, but I couldn't ship over state lines; that required a different and more pricy license with different rules. There are ways to go about it though. You can try looking for a commercial kitchen and rent time. Sometimes churches have legal kitchens.

Posted at 3:26pm Oct 2, 2010 EDT

smallbusiness.blogs.cnnmoney.cnn.com/2009/07/23/selling-homemade-go...

This is why I would never sell my delicious cookies online. Sorry folks!

Posted at 4:45pm Oct 2, 2010 EDT

I do wish those that were licensed/legal would say so in their profiles.

Posted at 4:47pm Oct 2, 2010 EDT

Every state's laws vary. In my state, I can prepare food in my home (if inspected & licensed) and sell it directly to you out of the back of my truck, but not online.

Posted at 5:02pm Oct 2, 2010 EDT