California lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the sale of homemade food. Proponents of AB626, or the California Retail Food Code, argue that the legalization of enterprising home kitchens will spur economic empowerment and provide safeguards for public health. Opponents of the bill, however, believe it could increase the risk of foodborne illness and will ultimately benefit food-delivery services like Uber Eats more than home cooks. We'll take a look at both sides of the debate and discuss what this bill means for California food entrepreneurs and health regulation.
California May Legalize the Sale of Homecooked Meals
Sam Harnett, Silicon Valley reporter, KQED
Matt Jorgensen, coordinator, C.O.O.K Alliance ("Creating Opportunities, Opening Kitchens")
Christina Oatfield, attorney and policy director, Sustainable Economics Law Center
Dr. Karen Relucio, health officer, Napa County; member, Health Officers Association of California board of directors