Q&A: Can you sell home-made food at home? | SFPM CONSULTING

November 12, 2020by Felicia Loo

Generally, the BC Health and Food Safety regulation state that you cannot sell food products that are made at home. All food must be made in a commercially approved facility. If you are not looking to have a full-time food facility, a commissary kitchen is your best bet.

If you are selling food at a temporary farmers market, you may not be required to produce the food at a commercial kitchen especially if the food belongs to a low-risk food category such as bread and buns (without dairy or cheese fillings), brownies, butter tarts and cakes (icing sugar only, without dairy or synthetic whipped cream).

At all times, you are responsible to ensure that your food is safe for consumers. The phrase “we always have been doing that” doesn’t assure and prove that the food is safe. We recommend that you do food microbiological and shelf life testing to ensure that the food that you produce is safe and meets the expected /declared shelf life.

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Here are few services that we can help you move forward with your food ideas, conceptualization and business licenses.

Customized food safety program
SFCR Program Development
Food Safety Certification and 3rd Party Audit Consultation
Food Brand Management

by Felicia Loo

Felicia Loo, CFS, is a Certified Food Scientist and registered SQF Consultant. Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. Food Science along with a minor in Commerce, she is keen to help small and medium food business thrive in their food safety management system (i.e. meeting Return of Investment for investment on food safety program). She has worked with numerous food businesses, including natural health products, bakeries and desserts, fruit juices production, fresh produce, confectionery and many more to develop customized and improved food safety programs. She has worked with different food safety and regulatory schemes such as SQF, ISO 22000, Primus GFS, Organic, Kosher and Health Canada (Natural Health Product).