Health dept. issues holiday baked goods reminder

LEE COUNTY – ‘Tis the season for pies, cookies, breads, and cakes! Lee County Health Department would like those who bake holiday goodies to follow the proper guidelines when it comes to selling items.

A Home Bakery License is needed when someone sells baked goods outside of their home; meaning they prepare the items in their home to sell at a market, local establishment, or delivered directly to the customer. Under the Iowa Code 481-30.2, “baked goods” are considered as breads, cakes, doughnuts, pastries, buns, rolls, cookies, biscuits, and pies (except meat pies). Candied items like chocolate or caramels do not fall under this code, and can not be sold under a Home Bakery License. If the purchasers directly go to the home to pick-up items then a Home Bakery License is not needed.

A Home Bakery License cost is $50, applications can be obtained on the LCHD website,, in the Environmental section. There is also a Home Bakery Q&A to answer more questions. Applications and fees must be submitted to LCHD office at #3 John Bennett Drive, PO Box 1426, Fort Madison, Iowa. Applications can take up to 30 days for processing. For food and consumer safety and licensing, LCHD covers Lee, Des Moines, Henry, and Van Buren Counties.

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