'Bakers bill' may expand outside home, passes Texas House
POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:51pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — House bill 970, also known as the "Bakers Bill," if enacted, will be an extension to the Cottage Food Law, allowing home cooks to sell baked goods, canned items, and other snacks, from home or locations, like a farmers market, or fair grounds.
The health department has a bit of a issue with this bill.
Brenda Elrod, Director of Environmental Health for North East Texas Public Health District says, "There's no oversight in a home bakery as compared to a commercial bakery. I rub my nose, and handle your cake, that can give you staph, and that's a problem."
Despite the health risks, this bill has passed the House, and has gained a lot of support, more than 7,000 "Likes" on their Facebook page.
They even have special t-shirts piggybacking off the popular grassroots slogan, "Come and Bake It."
David Robbins, Manager at Village bakery in Tyler says, he doesn't see how this bill is fair.
“They are going to be selling the same type of products that we are selling but they don't have to follow the same rules that we follow."
He is also concerned about the sanitation practices, and the fact that this bill states no fees, taxes or regulations to be enforced.
Robbins says, “If they want to start a business they should do the same thing that everyone else does, whenever they want to start a business, they should get funding from a loan and open their own shop."
Elrod from NET Health says, there are a lot of issues with this bill as it is written now, and she warns that if it passes, the consumer should eat at their own risk.
Elrod says, “It's consumer beware, they're going to have to pay attention to what they are getting, and where they are getting it.”