The Public Health Council voted on and approved the Department of Health’s rule change proposal to make it LEGAL to sell home-baked and other homemade non-TCS goods in New Jersey!
That’s right- WE DID IT!*
We know you will have a ton of questions, but the crucial thing for us to note right now is this:*There is one last step before we can begin baking- the rule must be published and put on the record by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).
We anticipate this happening in the next publication cycle, which should be no later than September. Once that occurs, we will all be able to begin applying for our Cottage Food Operator permits. We are familiarizing ourselves with every nook and cranny of the new rule to be able to answer your questions and give you guidance on navigating the system. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to open a legal home baking business understands the application requirements and processes. If you would like to read the rule, as well as the DoH’s responses to the public comments submitted last year and the amendments made based on those comments, you can find them at these links:
One of the most important things that we wanted and received was the ability to use the internet for advertising. The allowed food list is also very permissible and includes chocolate items.
We will be staying on top of the publication schedule and let you all know as soon as we get the news! For now, please feel free to read up on the rule and make a note of any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll be ready to answer all your questions soon.
For now we CELEBRATE!!!!