Thursday, June 5, 2014

Child Selling Cupcakes? Illegal! Well, Maybe

D Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Many people take it for granted that if they make food from their home, they can sell it. It's only recently that some states have partially decriminalized the act with the emergence of "cottage food laws."

And perhaps one might think that getting your wares featured in a news story precludes legal backlash. But that's just when the health department is ready to pounce. Take the now 12-year-old Chloe Stirling for instance.

She is certainly a young, savvy entrepreneur who creates gourmet cupcakes, does charity fundraisers and also has a pet-sitting business called "No Bones About It." She is working hard to save up for her first car.

But instead of that work ethic being praised or rewarded - or simply left alone - she was shut down by the Madison County health department earlier this year. This story is all too common.