The New American Lemonade Stand

A proposed amendment to Section 5 of House Bill 5354, the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, has some new restrictions for lemonade stands. Yes, we’re talking about those ten cent lemonade stands small children set up on street corners. Among the proposed regulations:

  • Monthly gross sales may not exceed $1000.
  • A written notice must be provided to the purchaser that the good was produced in a home kitchen.
  • The product must conform to the labeling requirements of the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic act: name and address of home kitchen, name of food product, full list of ingredients, production date and an allergy disclaimer.
  • The vendor must have a Department of Public Health approved Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate.
  • The vendor must register with the local public health department.

The estimated total cost of the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate is between $125 and $175. This is a two-day, weekend course totaling approximately 20 hours. The registration fee with the local public health department cannot exceed $25.

Total cost of your child’s lemonade stand: ~150-$200.

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