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Does the local health department have jurisdiction over health food bars, etc., made in private homes containing pets/animals but sold in public establishments?

Vicky Eckenrode
StarNews

The N.C. Department of Agriculture is responsible for permitting home-based kitchen businesses.

According to the department, only low-risk packaged food can be produced at home for sale. That includes baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, dried mixes, spices and some sauces and liquids.

If there is a pet is in the house, even if it’s just at night, the person cannot manufacture goods in his or her kitchen, the agency states. Doing so is a violation of federal regulations on manufacturing practices.

For more information about determining if a home meets federal food safety requirements or application materials to be inspected as a home-based food business, go to www.ncagr.gov/fooddrug/food/homebiz.htm

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Sally Pace

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