Limitations on Certain Home-Based Processing

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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
  • Maple Syrup
  • Pecan Pies
  • 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
  • Custard
  • Custard Pies
  • Pies with meringue topping
  • Cheesecake
  • Creme, custard, or meringue pastries
  • Raw seed sprouts
  • Garlic-in-oil products
  • 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.
Inspection of a home-based processor facility shall be made upon complaint, utilizing the DFS-252, Home-based Processor/Microprocessor Inspection Report.