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While New Jersey's state House passed a cottage food bill in mid 2014, one Democrat senator in the state senate is blocking passage of the bill in the NJ senate. This ONE person (Sen. Joseph Vitale) is making NJ the only state that has no provisions for cottage food sales, now that a Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of home bakers. The NJ state senator cites food safety and fair competition concerns.in opposing direct-to-consumer sales of certain foods not produced in commercial kitchens. You can read more about it here. There is another news story here.
A good start would be to vote republican the next time state Sen. Joseph Vitale (a Democrat, who also is chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee) is up for election.
You may also want to email and call him to voice your opposition to his position!
Sen. Joseph Vitale
Office address: 569 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Office hours are posted as (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
Phone: (732) 855-7441
Email: [email protected].