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Florida Cottage Food Act is NOW a BILL next LAW

Hello Everyone,

I am please to tell you that the Florida House of Representatives have created the Florida Cottage Food Act as a bill. This bill will be heard on Tuesday and then it goes to the next committee, than the senate and finally the Govenor. I attached the actual bill for you to read. The actual bill is on page 15 item 415. I reviewed a copy of this bill last week but was not able to say anything. Today Teddi Creamer called me to tell me the location of the bill and said it is now public. You can follow the action being taken on this bill on the house of representatives website. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/default.aspx Go to Committees than to Business and Consumer Affairs, on the right hand side go to proposed committe bills (PBC) there you will find the bill that I attached. On this page is where you can watch as the bill progresses.

We all need to email the State Senate to let them know how important it is that they pass this bill, once they pass it than it will go to the govenor.

Thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me to get this action going. I am so happy I emailed the Speaker of the House because he was the one to help us make this happen.

Hang in there everyone, Florida will soon be the next state with The Cottage Food Act.

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Comment by Angela Schnellbach on August 22, 2011 at 10:34am
You mentioned pies, brownies and cookies. Are cakes not a part of this? Thanks
Comment by Barbara Schmal on March 18, 2011 at 6:25am

There isn't a bill # yet, the name of it is PCB 11-02. In my original post I attached the bill and also gave instructions were to find it on the House of Representatives website http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/default.aspx Go to Committees than to Business and Consumer Affairs, on the right hand side go to proposed committe bills (PBC) there you will find the bill that I attached.


You mentioned you wanted to read the bill to see if this is what you want to really happen.  This is happening and the bill is very similar to Michigans bill and some other states.  I want to make it clear I DID NOT write the bill the House of Representatives wrote it.  Actually all they did was made it so we are expempt from licensing and inspections.  There is a maximum income limit of $15,000, cannot sell wholesale, on the internet or by mail order, we will need to take a food safety course, all goods must be labeled with name of busines, location and ingrediants.  The state will inspect if there are any complaints and they can also request tax returns to  see the income.

If the home business makes more than the $15,000/year than they will need to follow the "Food Establishment" regulations. 


The House of Representatives modified all the occupations that hold licenses.  If you all want to know what is going on all this information is public knowledge on the House of Representatives website.  The next step is for the Senate to pass it and than on to the Governor.  I would think this will all be completed by May or June.

Comment by Merrie Lee Axtell Reese on March 18, 2011 at 12:02am
Do you have the # of the Bill so we may read the content and see if it is what we really want to happen?  We are all taking this on blind faith, but those of us with businesses know what you will be up against when this goes passes.  Thanks for keeping us up to date.
Comment by Barbara Schmal on March 16, 2011 at 8:15pm
The Florida Cottage Food Act did pass the House next a couple more readings than on to the Senate.  Once the Senate passes the bill it will go to the Governor and it will become law.  I would expect this all to be completed by summer.  There was only one amendment added to the bill and that was to make it manditory we all take a food safety class.  Stay Tuned I lood forward seeing all of you at the Day of Sharing in June maybe we will have a something to Celebrate.

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