DENVER (AP) — A "cottage foods" measure to allow home cooks to sell prepared foods commercially is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The proposal cleared the Colorado House Monday and has already passed the Senate. It allows people to sell up to $5,000 a year of foods deemed low-risk for contagion at home, instead of renting a commercial kitchen. Such foods include jams, jellies, baked goods and candies.
A similar proposal that would have applied only to farmers was defeated last year. Health authorities warned of the risk of foodborne illness.
This year's proposal does not require home cooks to raise the products they sell. Eligible cooks would have to maintain liability insurance and would have to get third-party certification in safe food handling.