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Wyoming Business Tips for Aug. 23-Aug. 29


August 18, 2009 — A weekly look at Wyoming business questions from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, part of WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming.

By Debbie Gorski, WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz social media community manager

"I heard recently that foods prepared without using a commercial kitchen can be sold at farmers' markets. Is that true?" Cindy, Douglas

This is a timely question and what you heard is correct, but needs clarification.

The state of Wyoming now allows food products that are not potentially hazardous to be made in home kitchens. These food products can be prepared for sale or use only at farmers' markets, roadside stands, private homes and at functions including, but not limited to, those operated by not-for-profit charitable or religious organizations. It is recommended to contact the Wyoming Department of Agriculture or local health departments for a list of the foods that are allowed.

Non-potentially hazardous foods are any products that do not require time or temperature control for safety to limit the pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation. The natural pH of the product or the final pH of the acidified food must be 4.6 or less. Some examples of non-potentially hazardous foods are baked breads, cookies, muffins, double crusted pies, dried cake, seasoning mixes and jams and jellies that are not low sugar or made with artificial sweeteners.

Private home kitchens are exempt from licensing and inspection. Food products can only be sold to the final consumer and can not be sold to stores, childcare providers or restaurants. Food safety training is recommended and good sanitation practices must be followed. Questions can be e-mailed to Linda Stratton at strat@state.wy.us or Dean Finkenbinder at dfinke@state.wy.us.

To view the complete Wyoming Cottage Food Business Requirements document, visit the Web site at http://tinyurl.com/lj4g8d.

A blog version of this article and an opportunity to post comments is available at http://tinyurl.com/ohkme2.

The WSBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. To ask a question, call 1-800-348-5194, e-mail wsbdc@uwyo.edu or write 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3922, Laramie, WY 82071-3922.

 

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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