Home Bakery Act of 2013 passes Oklahoma Senate

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

Bobbie Riddles bakes wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family, but she'd like to sell her creations.

If Governor Fallin signs the Home Bakery Act of 2013 into law Riddles and other residential bakers could sell their goods without a food preparation license.

"I want the bill to pass because it'll give me an income," said Riddles. "I've thought over the past couple of years to go back to work but with how much it would cost in childcare it's not feasible. "

The bill would apply to residential-based businesses that sell less than $20,000 worth of product a year.

Under the bill, these home bakeries could not use meat or fresh fruit. They'd also have to label all their products with the baker's name, address, product name, and a disclaimer that the bakery is not licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Local state Representative Dustin Roberts authored the bill, and said these requirements will help keep customers safe.

"Then we know exactly where it's coming from so that way nobody's getting hurt from these products," said Rep. Roberts.

But not everyone agrees.

"I think it's nice that they can do that, but I don't like the idea of it," said Cody Moody, an Ardmore resident. "I wouldn't eat anything from a home bakery. "

"Lemonade's one thing, but a whole bakery? I don't think that's sanitary," said Kaine McCullough, who also lives in Ardmore.

For Riddles, being able to profit from her passion would be a real treat.

"I do have calls, but I can't do them right now," she said. "Hopefully Mary Fallin will sign it into law."

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