Health Dept. cracking down on home baked goods sold on social media without permits

NKY Health Dept. examining 'a handful' of locals
Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 20:23:04-05

EDGEWOOD, Ky. -- The Northern Kentucky Department of Health is cracking down on a different type of underground operation -- the home-based cookie selling business.

"We are looking into a handful of home-based cookie selling businesses as a result of a complaint to the Health Department from a citizen," Emily Gresham Wherle, the health department spokeswoman said.

Home-based baked goods has grown into a large business in the Tri-State and beyond. Essentially, someone bakes cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc., then markets those goodies -- typically on social media -- for sale. The problem is, these makeshift "businesses" don't have proper permits, according to the health department.

"If a person is going to bake goods from his or her home and advertising or marketing them to the general public, then the food must be produced in a permitted kitchen which is separate and for business, not personal use, per Kentucky law," Wherle said.