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New law allows home cooks to sell their culinary creations

Paty Hermosillo-Perkins thinks she may have a winner in her gluten-free granola.

But the beekeeper and retired kindergarten teacher from Petaluma voices uncertainty on whether she will take advantage of a new state law that allows entrepreneurs to legally make some food products at home.

"I'm realizing that I need to do a lot more research," said Hermosillo-Perkins, who last year started a business making bee-wax body balms and other handmade care products. More recently she started packaging up her granola, which at times is made with honey from her bees.

The California Homemade Food Act allows small business operators to make relatively low-risk foods at home and sell them, a practice previously deemed illegal. The law took effect Jan. 1.

Supporters say the legislation allows entrepreneurs a new legal way to sell food products without renting expensive commercial kitchens.


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