Reply to "Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder"

Gayle (PlayingWithDough Cookies) posted:

Hi.   I did recently hear back from the California Dept of Public Health, and MP was again not approved  "Royal icing was not approved because it typically requires temperature control/refrigeration.  Foods on the CFO list must be approved as a category of food, so all royal icings must not need to be refrigerated. "

Of course we know this not to be true.   So I asked "Might you explain at least why it would be viewed as safe if I used a commercial kitchen?    It is not baked nor refrigerated.  Yet my local competitors using commercial kitchens can use it with no different processes or equipment than I use. "    No response.

California  CDPH is based upon USDA.    As MP manufacturers have something to gain with this, I contacted Wilton hoping they might be wiling to do a "US wide" food safety test of the product... no response.    

Do you have any updates on this issue? I posted some info I found in May (below) and was hoping to see MP approved on the new list that came out in July.  I've been making cookies as a hobby for friends and family, but am starting to get asked by strangers so I want to get my license to be legal and protect myself. I don't know what to do at this point. I certainly don't make enough at this to rent space in a commercial kitchen and that wouldn't be a home-based business anyway.  I would appreciate any new info you might have. I know there are lots of women selling their cookies from home and am really curious how they are doing this. I've tried messaging a couple of them, but they never responded which tells me they are probably afraid to because they aren't being honest about their ingredient list if they got their license.

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