Posted on June 13, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) applauded the Governor signing SB 193 ‘An Act Concerning Revisions to the Consumer Protection Statutes’ which included provisions for cottage food production.
The measure 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 annual sales of $25,000 or less. The intent of the bill is twofold: to encourage small food producing businesses to test the waters with new product and also enable these small proprietors to sell their wares to farmer’s markets and directly to consumers without having to invest in costly overhead.
“I am excited that the Governor has signed this bill to codify regulations and licensing for cottage food producers. I worked on this initiative for years, shepherding this legislation through the process,” said Rep. Ziobron. “With this bill and the legislation we passed three years ago, we now have law on the books that sensibly lowers the barrier for home producers, in order that they may bring their products to market.”
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.
Rep. Ziobron said in her public testimony in 2015, “I first became interested in this issue as the former Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of East Haddam. During that time we had several people who were interested in small part-time business for cupcakes and cakes. These women were accomplished bakers and hard working Moms looking to add to their household income… We are one of only nine states that do not allow Cottage Food production unless you are a farmer and use your own produce to make jellies or pickles.”
The measure passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House 142-8. It was signed into law by the Governor on Monday, June 11, 2018.