Cupcake Business Run By 11-Year-Old Shuttered By Illinois Health Officials
The cupcake empire Chloe Stirling built out of her home kitchen has come crumbling down after Illinois health officials said the sixth-grader wasn't in compliance with local laws.
Chloe, 11, said she was told by health officials in Madison County, Ill., that if she wants to continue selling cupcakes she will need to buy a bakery or build a separate kitchen.
Fast forward to yesterday:
‘Cupcake girl’ saved from crushing regulation
House Bill 5354, which passed both the House and Senate, creates a license to sell food prepared in home kitchens. The bill was proposed after the Madison County Health Department shut down the cupcake baking business of Chloe Stirling, an 11-year-old girl who didn’t have the proper government permits. Officials informed her family that they would either have to “buy a bakery” or build another kitchen for her operation to continue, thereby saving the community from the perils of unregulated eating. There was enough of a public outcry that legislators soon introduced a bill that would legalize the work of the sixth-grade entrepreneurs and anyone else who wanted to sell goods prepared in a home kitchen.
The original bill had at least one especially pernicious requirement that would cap monthly gross income of licensees at $1,000. But that aside, it appeared to be a decent step forward to allow home kitchens to operate, to at least some extent.