WSR 11-15-080

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed July 19, 2011, 4:22 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-149 WAC, Cottage food operations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 69.07 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On May 5, 2011, the governor signed ESSB 5748, an act relating to cottage food operations. The act requires the department to adopt, by rule, requirements for cottage food operations. Therefore, these rules are necessary to implement the new legislation and establish the program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state department of health and local health jurisdictions.

Process for Developing New Rule: The agency is developing the rule in coordination with stakeholders.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Claudia Coles, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, ccoles@agr.wa.gov, (360) 902-1905, fax (360) 902-2087.

July 19, 2011

Kirk Robinson

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office