Survey of Cottage Food Operation Law

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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.

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  1. Very interesting post, thanks for putting out the information and links. I’d never really thought about the Cottage Food operation law when I saw all the homemade things being sold outside.

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