California Allows Homemade Food to be Sold to Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Changes comes with a bunch of regulations


Granola makers, homemade vinegar producers, and other foodies in California have cause to rejoice today. As of Jan. 1, a new state law allows people who make food at home to sell it to restaurants and grocery stores.

Leave it to California to upend decades of public health consensus that food businesses need commercial licenses to ensure their food is safe and free of harmful contaminants. The California Homemade Food Actcreates a new category of food production called a "cottage food operation."