Vendors at the farmers market and others who use a domestic kitchen to prepare, manufacture and sell food to the public can ensure their facilities meet Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations through an upcoming course in Nashville next month.
The one-day course, Domestic Kitchen - Tennessee Food Safety Certification, will be held 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., May 12th, at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. The course will cover regulations for establishments using domestic kitchen facilities for bakery and other non-potentially hazardous foods intended for sale. The cost for certification is $100.00.
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County Mayor Mike Foster said participants in the course must submit an application along with the fee prior to May 12th. Applications are available at the county mayor's office in the courthouse.
The purpose of the domestic kitchen rules is to allow individuals to commercially prepare, manufacture and sell ‘non-potentially hazardous' foods that are prepared in the home while ensuring that the public's health is protected.
These foods would include: sale of home-prepared jam, jellies, baked-goods and some candies, etc.
For a more thorough description of when domestic kitchen certification is required and what foods can be produced in your home kitchen, check out this Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture webpage or the complete Domestic Kitchen Regulations.