Covid-19 Food Safety

Asked July 29, 2020, 2:16 PM EDT

How safe are home baked cookies and baked-goods? I am part of a church group trying to plan for our annual holiday bake sale which will take place on line. One participant suggested all bakers obtain a Food Handler's Card.

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Baked items are low risk products for passing on pathogens to others. Be sure to practice excellent hygiene when handling and packaging the baked goods.

Current research is indicating that there is not a risk of passing on the COVID-19/corona virus through food either. For this, it is the personal contact that is the concern. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/food-and-COVID-19.html

Usually, local food safety inspectors allow the sale of home baked goods at church events with no restrictions. This year might be an exception so it is good to be prepared.

Oregon has a Home Baking Law, which allows home bakers to prepare goods in their uninspected home kitchen and sell them directly to the public if the individuals have a food handler's card. They are $10 and can be obtained online.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/FOODSAFETY/Pages/cert.aspx

Here is more information about the Home Baking Law which includes instructions for the required package labels or signs that are necessary.

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9192.pdf

Online sales changes things.

I have information from Brian Hawkins, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Food Safety Division. He said it is ok to advertise online but for this Home Baking Law to apply, their needs to be a face-to-face transaction for payment or delivery for these to be “direct sales,” which is what the law requires. You could talk to him directly if you have more questions. 541-979-3903 bhawkins@oda.state.or.us