General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5027

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING COTTAGE FOOD PRODUCTION.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Public Health

PH Date:

2/17/2015

File No.:

393

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Representative Melissa Zoibron, 34th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

The overhead for small part-time bakery businesses is cost prohibitive and causes many of them to go out of business.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Melissa Zoibron, 34th Dist.

As former Coordinator for Economic Development in Haddam, CT, Rep. Zoibron had the opportunity to assist two home bakers in leasing commercial kitchens. Neither was able to handle the overhead costs. Rep. Zoibron discovered that Connecticut is one of nine states that does not allow Cottage Food production unless you are a farmer. She researched other state statutes and found the regulations in Washington State both protect public health and are user friendly. A copy of this document is included with her testimony, in addition to a petition signed by over 1200 Connecticut residents.

Rep. Zoibron also found that Rep. Mushinsky and Senators Holder and Winfield are proposing a similar bill.

Salvatore Nucifora

Mr. Nucifora feels that the state should be encouraging the sale of home goods rather than imposing restaurant laws and cost constraints.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

CT Association of Directors of Health – CADH

CADH opposes the bill because it feels it would pose significant and unacceptable risks to the public of contracting foodborne illnesses, and that local health departments would be unable to inspect personal kitchens with the same frequency or thoroughness of other food establishments.

Reported by: Denise T. Best

Date: March 19, 2015