Home baking bill passes Senate committee

canning-300x245FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2018) — Legislation that would allow Kentucky home bakers to sell products out of their own kitchens as long as they follow certain labeling and sanitation guidelines passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today.

House Bill 263 would require anyone looking to sell baked goods out of their home to be registered with the state and have a mandatory inspection, said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield.

Under Kentucky’s current laws, someone could face a $5,000 fine or up to 30 days in jail for selling baked goods to customers from their home kitchen.

This bill “ensures that a safe marketplace can exist for home bakers,” said Rep. Heath.

Home baked products could be sold by pick-up or delivery at markets, roadside stands, community events, or online under HB 263.

After passing the full House last week, HB 263 has now passed the Senate committee with a 9-0 vote. The measure now goes to the full Senate for its consideration.

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