State bill would legalize selling home-cooked food


The California Retail Food Code makes it illegal to sell any food that has been prepared in a home kitchen. This bill would make that practice legal. Photo by Mission Local.

The California Homemade Food Act, AB1616, may be a game-changer for entrepreneurs who want to cook in their kitchen and sell on the street.

Vendors who make breads, nut mixes, fruit butters, preserves and other foods that don’t spoil at room temperature would be able to legally cook from home if the bill passes.

The state assembly’s Health Committee amended the bill on April 10, and it will go back to the committee for a re-vote on April 17, said Pamela Davis, communications director for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, the author of the bill. So far there’s not a lot of opposition to the legislation, according to the sponsors, and it could be on the governor’s desk by August.

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