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Cottage food law opens doors for start-up baking businesses

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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:10 pm | Updated: 5:04 pm, Tue Feb 14, 2012.

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When Jacqueline Johnson had her daughter last year, she decided not to go back to work as a medical assistant and instead wanted to open up her own home bakery.

From there, Sweet Creations by Jacqueline was born.

Because of a bill signed into law June 17, 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry, Johnson is able to follow her dream and make her baking business a reality.

Senate Bill 81, known as the cottage food law, went into effect Sept. 1, 2011.

In the past, it was illegal to run a food establishment from one’s home kitchen. But the passing of the law has inspired bakers like Johnson to follow their dreams and start their own businesses.

There are 23 states that have passed a Cottage Food Law. Last year alone, Texas was among five other states — Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, South Dakota and Washington — that now made home bakeries legal.

So far in 2012, officials in New Jersey, Colorado, South Carolina and New Hampshire have introduced similar bills.

The law prohibits local health department officials from regulating home bakeries and does not require home kitchen inspections, making it easier for local cooks and bakers to get their businesses off the ground.

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