Ill. Representative supports change allowing homes to sell baked goods

Ill. Representative supports change allowing homes to sell baked goods

Ill. Representative supports change allowing homes to sell baked goods

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by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 12:08 PM

(KMOV) -- Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier says he supports the changes made to a bill allowing home kitchen operators to continue baking and selling goods.

“Although I would have liked to see the original language to House Bill 5354 signed into law to allow 11-year-old Chloe Stirling and all other home-based kitchen operators continue to sell their home-baked goods, I do support the changes made to the bill in the Senate,” Meier said.

The amendment was created after the Madison County Health Department told Stirling she was not allowed to sell cupcakes out of her home because she did not have a permit.

Back in January, Health Department spokesperson Amy Yeager said Stirling was violating the county’s food ordinance and the Illinois State Food Sanitation Code.

“This amendment may not be perfect, but it will allow home kitchen operators to continue baking and selling their products,” Meier said. “If this compromise is enacted, Chloe and others will be able to fully operate while ensuring the health and safety of their customers.”

Stirling had gained much support from surrounding communities and was given her own kitchen so she could continue with her $200-a-month operation. 

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