Rep. Jesse Young passes sweet bill in the House
A bill sponsored by Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, passed unanimously in the House this week. House Bill 1622 would allow stove top candy, such as fudge and caramels, to be produced in cottage food operations. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) oversees the rules relating to foods produced in cottage kitchens.
“This bill gives more options to those operating under the cottage food rules by adding stove top candies to the approved list,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “This is not only a win for my sweet-tooth, but a win for those who operate small businesses out of their home kitchen. For many, this is a necessary second income, and I am happy to support opening up opportunities within the cottage food industry. I look forward to this bill passing in the Senate and being signed into law.”
A cottage food operation is defined by WSDA as a person who produces, in the kitchen of their residence, a food that is not potentially hazardous. Currently, WSDA approves food items such as baked goods cooked in an oven, jams, seasonings and flavored vinegars. Items not approved for cottage food production include meats, shellfish and dairy products.
House Bill 1622 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.
###Washington State House Republican Communications