The Economist: Is Lemonade Legal?

Article excerpt from The Economist:

Americans increasingly like to buy local food. The number of farmers’ markets offering local produce, cakes and jams around the country has more than doubled to nearly 8,300 in a decade. Sluggish job growth has also encouraged more people to start home-based businesses. But regulating the sale of goods made in ordinary kitchens is a “grey area”, says Emily Broad Leib of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic. So states are passing “cottage-food laws” allowing people to sell “non-potentially hazardous” foods, such as baked goods and almost anything canned, from their homes. But the rules are often odd or fussy, and no two states are alike.

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