OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5027

AN ACT CONCERNING COTTAGE FOOD PRODUCTION.

SUMMARY:

This bill exempts home bakeries from the law's bakery licensing requirement. Under current law, home bakeries must be licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). In general, to obtain a license a home bakery operator must complete an application and the bakery premises must be inspected.

The bill instead allows preparing food for sale in private residences if the preparation is done according to Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations that the bill requires the DPH commissioner to adopt. The bill does not provide a deadline for adopting the regulations, but requires the DPH commissioner to consult with the DCP commissioner before doing so.

Current law and regulations generally prohibit the sale of home-made food (e.g., CGS 21a-93 and 21a-101, Conn. Agencies Reg. 21a-101-3(f)(3) and 19-13-B40(j)). Exemptions from the prohibition include such foods as jams, jellies, preserves, and acidified food products (CGS 21a-24a); maple syrup (CGS 21a-24b); and foods prepared for bake sales or similar events (CGS 21a-115).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

18

Nay

0

(03/12/2015)

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/23/2015)