In 2012, Tennessee updated their home-based food laws to exempt home producers from needing to get licensed or inspected. Under the new ruling, processors can sell directly from almost any location, which excludes indirect sales like restaurants and retail stores. Operations may still get inspected and permitted under the older domestic kitchen laws, which would then allow them to sell indirectly.
Tennessee’s laws are fairly flexible, and producers can sell baked goods, candies, jams and jellies, or any other non-potentially hazardous food. Also, there is no limit to how much they can sell, and there are no fees or costs to get started. While there is no training required under this amended law, the Department of Agriculture still encourages processors to take a food handling course.
At the place of sale, the processor must place a regular (8.5″ x 11″) sheet of paper that says “These food products were made in a private home not licensed or inspected” (0.75-inch font).
Processors are allowed to give out free samples of their product.
Even though there is no license or training required, processors are still encouraged to take a training course in food handling and have an authority check their recipes.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"This product was made in a private home not license or inspected."
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, TN 73531
Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)
Produced on 8/22/2014
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
- May 2012
- SB 3547