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License or No License?
September 9, 2004
7:42 am
Long Island City, USA
Forum Posts: 13
Member Since:
November 11, 2003

I have to enquire from you chocoholics and chocolatieres, something that is of utmost important to business. Is it necessary for me to obtain a sanitation license for a small home based chocolate business?
I am extremely small, yet I want to do the right thing. I do the bulk of my business from late September to December. At this point in time, I would have to say I do about 50lbs of chocolates a year, so far. I know that is tiny but I really have everything I need at this point, in terms of supplies, cook books, stock and imprinted professional boxes and covers. Do I really need a sanitation license
in order to expand my business? I want to maintain my exclusivity as an artisanal chocolatiere. That is why I am not persuing the avenue of outleting my work to established stores. I need some feedback. please!

September 9, 2004
2:12 pm
Lone Ly
Oslo, Norway
Forum Posts: 397
Member Since:
October 10, 2003

I guess it depends on the country ...

"Man cannot live by chocolate alone - but woman can." (Unknown)
September 9, 2004
2:51 pm
Seville, USA
Forum Posts: 128
Member Since:
July 26, 2003

In America, at least, I am 99% sure that you should... technically. I think that something as small as fifty pounds a year could slip through the cracks, but you shouldn't forget about obtaining a license if you plan to expand.

September 9, 2004
5:13 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
Forum Posts: 1462
Member Since:
August 1, 2006

You might need a business license as well. Producing and selling food is a major deal, and if someone were to get sick from your products, and you get caught without a license, you could get in serious trouble.

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