AB 1616 (Chapter 415) Allows “cottage food operations” in private homes where homemade goods are made for the sale to stores restaurants and the public.  Currently the cost of offering the equipment and training necessary to obtain a license for a certified commercial kitchen is a barrier to small entrepreneurs who sell foods such as breads, jams, chocolate.  The bill exempts these cottage food operations from comprehensive food processing regulations and Sherman law requirements and allows them to operate under a simpler regulatory structure.