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Doing business in home

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    Linh

    In OR can I bake and sell pet treats in my home? In addition to standard pet treats, biscuits, cakes, etc. what about sauces, such as apple sauce, pumpkin sauce? As for having pets on premise, what are the exact rules on that? I have a dog, so I can’t have him anywhere in the house, or can he be restricted to certain portion of the house? If I have a separate home/garage/shed where I do my baking, would that be OK?
    As for equipment, do they need to be commercial grade, gas, etc.?
    Labeling, how would I specifically identify the exact measurements as required under the label law?

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    David Crabill
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    As far as I know, having a pet anywhere in your home prohibits you from being able to sell homemade food. Your dog can never enter the house. I believe the ruling is that pets cannot be “in the building” of any business that manufactures food for sale.

    You should be using your home’s kitchen… if you wanted to build or use a separate kitchen on your property, then I think you’d need to make that a commercial kitchen, which would be pretty complicated/expensive: http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial

    You probably can’t sell pet treats: http://forrager.com/faq/#pet-food

    Usually cottage food businesses use standard home appliances (some states prohibit commercial equipment), but it doesn’t look like Oregon has rules about that.

    Most products can be measured with a basic scale, which may have to be tested by a state dept.

    For some types of products, you might be able to bypass some restrictions with the Farm Direct Bill: http://forrager.com/law/oregon-farm-direct/

    You’ll need to speak your ag dept to get exact details about everything.

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