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Home Bakers Learn to Navigate the Home Bakery Act

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:26:42 CDT

Home Bakers Learn to Navigate the Home Bakery Act Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is set to host a one-day Home Baker Training March 31 at the OSU-Oklahoma City campus.

The Oklahoma Home Bakery Act of 2013 made it legal to prepare baked goods in an uninspected home kitchen and sell the goods from the homeowner’s premises. This act was amended in 2017 to allow home-baked items to be sold off premises in selected locations. FAPC’s Home Baker course will assist home bakers in understanding and following the amended legislation.

“Confusion exists in correct adherence to this law,” said Renee Nelson, FAPC milling and baking specialist. “We want to make sure that home bakers understand the regulations, as well as provide a safe product since they are not required to be inspected or licensed.”

The Home Baker Trainings will cover good manufacturing practices, allergens, labeling, cross contamination and food safety. A computer worksheet also will be offered to the attendees, aiding in recordkeeping and calculations of income, with decision tools to determine if the baker is capable of expanding to a brick-and-mortar facility.

Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist, said it is important for home bakers to attend one of the trainings and learn more about the Home Bakery Act.

“Selling food to the general public comes with expectations toward food safety that the home baker may not be fully aware,” Graves said. “No other instruction is offered in the state to educate home bakers on best practices, food safety and liability issues that come with producing a baked food.”

The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch, snacks and materials. To register and for a list of upcoming Home Baker Trainings, please visit .

FAPC, a part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, helps discover, develop and deliver technical and business information that stimulates and supports the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma.



   

 

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