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Governor Brown Signs AB 1616 California’s Cottage Food Bill Into Law

Thank you to our Governor of the great state of California, Governor Jerry Brown because in alignment with the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, representing the 43rd District of California, Governor Brown signed AB 1616, the California Cottage Food Act into law, effective January 2013. Here is a link to the entire bill and I will be highlighting excerpts of AB 1616 as time goes on in order to educate and enlighten supporters of Yummy Tummy Farms because as a cottage food producer, we want everyone to be as informed as possible. Here is a link to the entire bill: . I recommend looking at page 17, in bold at the top of every page, for the short list of approved cottage food products. In the interim, Yummy Tummy Farms will be working hard to understand, follow, and be in full compliance with AB 1616 which is very exciting as it opens a whole new avenue for being a small suburban farm and cottage food producer. Look for some exciting and delicious food products coming from Yummy Tummy Farms very soon!

If you feel so inclined, please take a moment and send a thank-you email to Governor Brown and to Assembly Member Mike Gatto for their hard work. Also, please consider supporting the Sustainable Economies Law Center as they did a tremendous amount of work in support of getting this bill signed into law and you can thank them and support them with contributions here:

Three cheers for local food!!!

Pure, Raw, Local, Organic, Wildflower Honey from Yummy Tummy Farms


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  2. Do you think honey is meant to be a legal product with AB1616? I spoke to an expert who said no, definitely not. Producers are supposed to buy from “approved sources,” and definitely not sell things harvested on their own property — at least before the Neighborhood Food Act passes (which is about selling produce on urban and suburban farms).

    But on the other hand, it doesn’t look like it’s there on the list just as an ingredient.

    And on the other other hand, it’s confusing because honey, improperly handled, can be a potentially hazardous food, I think. (Now, mind you, I’m all for it being legal and completely raw and unfiltered and certainly not heated!)

    I’m writing an article on this and the point about honey is intriguing.



    • Hi Jillian:

      Thanks for commenting.

      Since I do not have the specific language of AB 1616 right in front of me, I will have to think about your question deeper. The answer you received depends on who your sourced expert was. If your sourced expert was a health department employee then they are employed to follow laws and code as strictly interpreted and cannot have any flexibility at all. Honey, even raw honey, has natural anti-microbial properties and this is why you have never seen honey with mold growing on it, have you? I have read where scientists extracted honey from King Tut’s tomb and it was still edible, healthy, and food safe. I am hopeful that the Neighborhood Food Act passes soon. I am a beekeeper, not a food scientist, but I have never heard of honey being a potentially hazardous food.


      Farmer Donald


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