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A home-based processor may produce: Foods listed in KRS 217.015(56):
Dried or freeze dried whole fruits or vegetables
Candy that shall be: 1. Produced without added alcohol; and 2. Made with no bare-hand contact
Granola that may be made with dried grains
Trail of snack mix that may be made with dried fruit, nuts, or seeds
Popcorn that may be plain or have added seasonings
The following items shall NOT be processed or offered for sale by a home-based processor or home-based microprocessor:
Creme filled pies
Pies with meringue topping
Creme, custard, or meringue pastries
Raw seed sprouts
Pureed baby foods
Standards for Home-based Processing
A home-based processor shall maintain basic hygiene, cleanliness, and sanitation while producing home-based processor products and shall comply with the standards established in paragraphs (a) through (f) of this subsection during production, packaging, and handling of products for sale. The home-based processor shall:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water;
Keep kitchen equipment and utensils used for home-based processing clean and maintained in a good state of repair;
Wash, rinse, and sanitize all food contact surfaces, equipment, and utensils used for food preparation before each use;
Keep children under age twelve (12) and pets or other animals out of the kitchen during home-based processing related activities;
Cease performing any domestic activities in the kitchen, such as family meal preparation, dishwashing, or washing and drying laundry; and
Not produce, package, or handle any home-processed products while infected with a contagious disease or illness.
A home-based processor doing business in the state shall be a resident of Kentucky.
A home-based processor may advertise and accept orders and payments in person,
electronically, or via the internet or phone.
A home-based processor shall provide all home-based processed foods direct to the
consumer through pick-up or delivery, and at flea markets, farmers markets, festivals, county
fairs, craft fairs, and non-profit charity events, or a roadside stand.
Home-based processed food products shall:
Be labeled as required by KRS 217.136(3)
Contain allergen information as specified by 21 U.S.C 343(w)
A home-based processor shall not be required to have grown a primary ingredient for
each of their products produced.
Beginning January 1, 2020, a home-based processor shall register with the Department for Public Health, Food Safety Branch. A home-based processor shall submit:
(a) A DFS-250 Application for Home-based Processor, available from the Kentucky Food Safety Branch or at University of Kentucky Extension Service Office; and
(b) A fifty (50) dollar registration fee.
The home-based processor registration shall be valid for one (1) year. A home-based processor registration shall expire March 31 of each year and is renewable upon submission of a DFS-250 and accompanied by an annual fee of fifty (50) dollars.