I recently reviewed this article from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic titled “Cottage Food Laws in the United States.” I think the authors did a nice job summarizing the trends throughout the country.
I used this article as recommended reading for the undergraduate food law class that I’m teaching at New York University (“NYU”). Cottage food operation law (or home-based food processing) is a hot topic right now in food law. Just last week I noticed homemade cookies being sold a deli near my office- they are everywhere if you keep your eye out for them.
If you are interested in learning more about this issue, I suggest reviewing the Harvard article. Leon Letter, Esq., a Michigan agriculture lawyer, also discussed this topic in two CLE’s that I moderated for the American Bar Association (“ABA”) this past year including the webinar on food labeling last May and the webinar on local food law in May 2012. I will also be discussing this issue in this upcoming Lawline presentation.