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Cottage Food Operations: New California State Law
Posted On 2013-05-16 by Administrator
Assembly Bill (AB) 1616 authored by Assembly Member Gatto, Chapter 415, Statutes of 2012 was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 21, 2012, and becomes effective on January 1, 2013. The bill allows individuals to prepare and/or package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as “cottage food operations” (CFOs).
All cottage food operators will have to meet specified requirements pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code related to preparing foods that are on the approved food list, completing a food processor training course within three months of registering, implementing sanitary operations, establishing state and federal compliant labels, and operating within established gross annual sales limits.
Learn more about the State's new requirements for cottage foods from the links provided below.
Crowdfunding expands access to capital for women, minority entrepreneurs
By Steven Overly, Published: April 7
The growing popularity of crowdfunding has created a new fundraising mechanism for women and minority entrepreneurs, groups that have at times felt ostracized by the more traditional ways of raising money to start or grow a business. Several initiatives are taking shape here in Washington. A crowdfunding Web site geared toward black entrepreneurs has come online, and minority economic development groups are educating their client base about the practice’s potential.