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HB 263, Home-Based Processing/Farmers' Market Regulation


 

 

HB 263 allows a Kentucky resident to produce or process whole fruits and vegetables, mixed-greens, jams, jellies, sweet sorghum syrup, preserves, fruit butter, bread, fruit pies, cakes or cookies in their home kitchen without being permitted or registered.   

 

A home-based processor will not have to grow a primary ingredient.  These home-based processed food items may be sold directly to consumers within this state, including from the home-based processor’s home by pick-up or delivery, at a market (not a permitted retail market), a roadside stand, a community event or on-line.

The home-based processing program will be administered by the Food Safety Branch. If you have any questions, complaints, etc related to home-based processing please forward those to the Food Safety Branch.
275 E. Main St. HS1CF 
Frankfort, KY 40621
502-564-7181

 

Food Safety Branch has suggested the following for the label:

  • The name and address of the cottage food operation
  • The name of the cottage food product
  • The ingredients of the cottage food product, in descending order of predominance by weight
  • The net weight or net volume of the cottage food product
  • Allergen information as specified by federal labeling requirements
  • Nutritional labeling as specified by federal labeling requirements is required if any nutrient content claim, health claim or other nutritional information is provided
  • The following statement printed in at least 10-point type in color that provides a clear contrast to the background label:  “Made in a Home Kitchen that is not Subject to Government Food Safety Inspection.”

Farmers' Market Regulation

Kentucky law allows farmers to grow, harvest and process limited food products in their farm kitchens for sale at farmers markets, certified roadside stands and from the farm provided they grow the predominate agronomic ingredient. 

Kentucky's farmers market regulations were developed jointly by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, local health departments and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. These regulations describe the registration and certification processes for home-based processors and microprocessors.  

Once registered,  certified home-based microprocessors that meet further requirements of the regulation may grow, harvest and process acid foods, formulated acid food products, acidified food products and low-acid canned foods.

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Food Safety Branch has suggested the following for the label: 

  • The name and address of the cottage food operation
  • The name of the cottage food product
  • The ingredients of the cottage food product, in descending order of predominance by weight
  • The net weight or net volume of the cottage food product
  • Allergen information as specified by federal labeling requirements
  • Nutritional labeling as specified by federal labeling requirements is required if any nutrient content claim, health claim or other nutritional information is provided

·         The following statement printed in at least 10-point type in color that provides a clear contrast to the background label:  “Made in a Home Kitchen that is not Subject to Government Food Safety Inspection.”

 
 

Food Safety Branch has suggested the following for the label: 

  • The name and address of the cottage food operation
  • The name of the cottage food product
  • The ingredients of the cottage food product, in descending order of predominance by weight
  • The net weight or net volume of the cottage food product
  • Allergen information as specified by federal labeling requirements
  • Nutritional labeling as specified by federal labeling requirements is required if any nutrient content claim, health claim or other nutritional information is provided

·         The following statement printed in at least 10-point type in color that provides a clear contrast to the background label:  “Made in a Home Kitchen that is not Subject to Government Food Safety Inspection.”

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