All I can say is think about this. Would you go out to eat at a restaurant that allowed animals to roam through the kitchen or the dinning room? Would you buy products that were prepared in a building that has animals in it.
You can get licensed by your local county health department to prepare food in your home kitchen. You would be under the same rules that a Restaurant or a food processing facility would be under. Contact your local health dept and get a rule and regulations handbook.
Can anyone help with understanding the regulation side of operating a home bakery? Okay, I know that's a loaded question! I'm in Ohio and am struggling with understanding the rules and regulations, it can be pretty overwhelming! I have recently caught the cupcake bug and am interested in operating a bakery business out of my home. From what I can tell by trying to read through the Department of Agriculture's information, without falling asleep, it seems that since I have cats I won't be able to be licensed to bake out of my home. This is extremely disappointing. Since I am in no position to operate a bakery in a traditional setting, I am looking into other options that might be available to me. Would I also not be eligible under the "Cottage" law I keep hearing about because of pets in the home too? I have seen advice given out to work out a deal with an established commercial kitchen (like a catering company or even a local church) and pay them to use their space. How would that arrangement come into play when I apply for a license? Does the commercial kitchen have to be involved in that process with me somehow? I think I read that if I were to be licensed to bake out of my home I'd be subject to inspections (unscheduled?). If I had an arrangement with a commecial kitchen, what kind of accountability would I be subject to/responsible for? How does that ultimately affect liability? I guess I could/should contact the Department of Agriculture directly, but I am afraid I would not get a person willing to take the time with me to help me find solutions / options, or help me just understand everything.
Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated!