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Oklahoma governor signs Home Bakery Act into law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Legislation that allows small home bakeries to operate without a food preparation license has been signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the Home Bakery Act on Monday. The Oklahoma House approved the legislation without opposition in March. The state Senate passed the bill last week.

The measure allows home food establishments that earn less than $20,000 a year and produce baked goods for sale that do not contain meat or fresh fruit to operate without a food preparation license.

The bill's author, state Rep. Dustin Roberts of Durant, says small home baking operations do not need to follow the same rigorous standards as commercial kitchens and other food establishments that serve foods that might be highly harmful to the public.