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While New Jersey's state House passed a cottage food bill in mid 2014, one Democrat senator in the state senate is blocking passage of the bill in the NJ senate. This ONE person (Sen. Joseph Vitale) is making NJ the only state that has no provisions for cottage food sales, now that a Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of home bakers. The NJ state senator cites food safety and fair competition concerns in opposing direct-to-consumer sales of certain foods not produced in commercial kitchens. You can read more about it here. There is another news story here. New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. to completely ban bakers from selling cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen.
Three New Jersey moms, the nonprofit NJ Home Bakers Association, and the Institute for Justice filed on December 7, 2017 a constitutional lawsuit in state court against New Jersey's Department of Health. The lawsuit will ask the court to strike down the home-baked good ban and allow home bakers to sell home-baked goods directly to friends, neighbors and other direct customers.
And you can see the New Jersey Home Bakers Association website here.
NJ basically says, "good luck starting a food business, no matter how small you are, New Jersey is going to make you jump through every hoop, hurdle and added cost and regulation as if you're Con-Agra. Hah! Good luck starting your business in NJ!"
As a former NJ resident, my recommendation is, do what I did: MOVE OUT OF NJ!
Here are the hurdles, as presented by Rutgers's University Extension:
New Jersey only allows home bakers to legally sell their baked goods for charity and nonprofit bake sales. That severe limitation is just ridiculous.
A good start would be to vote republican the next time state Sen. Joseph Vitale (a Democrat, who also is chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee) is up for election.
You may also want to email and call him to voice your opposition to his position!
Sen. Joseph Vitale
Office address: 569 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Office hours are posted as (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
Phone: (732) 855-7441
Email: [email protected].
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