House approves bill expanding cottage food sales

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Associated Press

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill allowing cottage food businesses to sell more items at more locations is advancing through the Texas Legislature.

Approved by a voice vote in the House on Saturday, the measure by Austin Democratic Rep. Eddie Rodriguez must pass a final time in the lower chamber before heading to the Senate.

It would allow vendors, including farmers, bakers and other small-scale producers, to sell homemade, low-risk items like candy, nuts, jams, pickles, vinegar and dried fruits and vegetables out of their homes.

It also permits selling such items at gatherings including farmers markets and fairs.

Under the measure, qualifying cottage food business operators would have to complete an accredited basic food safety program for food handlers.

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