HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) urges residents to reach out to the Governor’s Office and urge him to sign SB 193 ‘An Act Concerning Revisions to the Consumer Protection Statutes’ which included provisions for cottage food production.
The provisions were part of an amendment originally submitted by State Senator Len Fasano at the urging of Rep. Ziobron, where it was adopted in the Senate and sent to the House. The amendment finally establishes a cottage food license through the Department of Consumer Protection. It also defined cottage food producers as those who sell directly to consumers and have gross sales of $25,000 or less. It was designed to help encourage small businesses test the waters and sell their wares to farmer’s markets and directly to consumers without having to invest in costly overhead.
“These regulations and provisions for cottage foods are good for many people who would like to begin their own businesses and address public health concerns,” said Rep. Ziobron. “I am happy that we were able to pass this legislation and I urge the Governor to sign the bill into law.”
This year’s effort built off of legislation sponsored by Rep. Ziobron which was enacted in 2015, HB 5027 ‘An Act Concerning Cottage Food Production’ which allowed for the sale of food products prepared in private residences.
“I’ve focused on this issue for many years,” said Rep. Ziobron. “As the former Economic Development Coordinator in East Haddam I had the opportunity to assist two home bakers lease commercial kitchens, both were unable to cope with the overhead costs. At the time we were one of only nine states that did not allow for non-farm cottage food production. With the 2015 legislation and now this amendment we are finally making progress for cottage producers.”
The bill was passed on the last day of the legislative session, May 9th and awaits the Governor’s signature to become law. Governor Malloy’s Office can be reached at governor.ct.gov.