NJ expected to soon allow legal sale of home-baked goods

Once new rules are adopted, home bakers will be able to apply for a two-year permit at a cost of $100

It appears that New Jersey’s market in cookie contraband is set to end. For years, so-called underground home bakers have been banned from selling goods made in their home kitchens; New Jersey is the only state that bans the sale of homemade foods because of health and safety concerns. Now the Department of Health is poised to legalize the sale of home-baked goods.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset), who has been leading the fight to have the ban rescinded, said a “ruling that came out last week from the Public Health Council in conjunction with Department of public Health will allow individuals to be able to bake from their home kitchens.” Once rules are adopted — something that’s expected in early fall — bakers will be able to apply for a two-year permit at a cost of $100.

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