Home bakers in New Jersey say their brownies and muffins are perfectly safe and they should be able to sell them, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday seeking to strike down the country’s only ban on the sale of homemade baked goods.
The New Jersey Home Bakers Association sued the state’s health department over rules that require people to have a license before they can sell their home-baked treats.
“Right now, people need every chance they can get to make an honest living,” said plaintiff Martha Rabello, a 38-year-old mother of two who said she likes to make bite-sized cookies that pair with coffee. “We want to be on the right side of the law.”
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New Jersey should follow Michigan, California and Texas in lifting its ban on home bakeries.
By ERICA JEDYNAK and HEATHER RUSSINKO
New Jersey politicians like to talk about finding a recipe for job creation and economic growth. If they’re serious, one place to start is to take the lid off a bill that’s been simmering in the legislature for years: a repeal of the ban on selling home-baked treats.
Right now, state law forbids the selling of homemade baked goods, on pain of a fine up to $1,000. Bakers can work legally only in industrial kitchens, which cost upward of $15,000. That’s a price tag that few culinary hopefuls, from grade-schoolers to grandmas, can afford.
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