New Jersey remains the only state where it is illegal to sell homemade foods for profit, which is frustrating for many at-home food makers, reports The New York Times. If New Jersey residents attempt to sell their goods, they can be fined up to $1,000. All other states have dropped such restrictions and enacted cottage food laws that allow the sale of certain homemade foods.
Some members of the New Jersey Home Bakers Association have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Health, which is responsible for the ban. Heather Russinko, one of three plaintiffs named in the suit, says, “There’s this rogue law standing in my way and preventing me from earning an income. It’s not like I am out there trying to sell drugs or do anything illegal. It’s a cookie. Or in my case, a cake pop.” Full Story (Subscription Required)
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