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.