WHAT’S COOKING IN YOUR COTTAGE?
Cottage food laws are basically laws that allow small-time producers to use appliances in their homes to bake, cook, can, pickle, dry or candy certain low-risk foods for sale. By contrast, state laws require all other food producers to process foods in licensed kitchens.
Homemade food items: Baked goods that do not require refrigeration, such as cakes, cookies, breads, pastries, candy, fruit pies and so much more
$50,000 or less per year
food handler’s certification
GET EXCITED: EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 – ONLINE SALES IN TEXAS
HB 1926, the Texas Homemade Food Bill filed by State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, a longtime supporter of local food producers. HB 1926 would create an intermediate step in between the current cottage food law and a full scale commercial kitchen. Home producers who are limited by the cottage food law would be able to opt to become a “Home Processor”, which would allow them to sell more types of foods at more locations. Some highlights of the bill include:
- Is an optional step between “cottage foods” and a licensed food establishment.
- Allows more types of food to be sold. Some examples are: potentially hazardous baked goods like cheesecake, all non-potentially hazardous foods, fermented products, and acidified or low acid canned goods that do not contain meat
- Allows wholesale, mail order, and internet sales within Texas
- Allows sales at any location in Texas
- Requires registration, an annual fee, and inspections
- Has health and safety rules such as no pets in the kitchen, a separate refrigerator, and more.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT EFFECTIVE 9/1/2019?
- No more location restriction meaning all sale of cottage foods will be allowed directly to consumers anywhere in the state of Texas.
- INTERNET SALES: Online transactions will be allowed as long as the product still gets delivered in person or picked up locally.
- Any non-potentially hazardous food
- Adds pickled fruits and vegetables.
- Adds canned goods that are acidified including salsa which pH is 4.6 or lower
- Adds fermented vegetables.
- Adds frozen fruits and vegetables.