Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Cooks To Sell Baked Goods With Little Regulation
Governor Jindal has signed into law HB775, the bill essentially allowing Louisiana cooks the right to sell baked goods, candies, syrups, etc. with little regulation.
The Times Picayune reports The bill sponsored by committee chair Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, expands on the "Louisiana Cottage Food Law." It exempts from the state's sanitary code a number of foods defined in the bill as low risk foods.
"It just relieves some of the restrictions they had that were onerous, but were not enforced anyway," Simon said.
The new law does require a warning label on home based goods as a way of notifying the consumer a product was made in an uninspected kitchen.
Simon says under this new law, home based cooks are exempt from many sanitary codes and regulations if their gross annual sales are less than 20-thousand dollars.
"Hopefully it encourages a lot of small businesses from getting started."