Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation – MEHKO

MEHKO Information

A “microenterprise home kitchen operation”, referred to as MEHKOs, as a new type of retail food facility that will allow an individual to operate a restaurant in their private residence.

Assembly Bill (AB) 626 authored by Assemblyman Garcia, Chapter 470, Statutes of 2018, was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 18, 2018; effective January 1, 2019.  This bill amends the California Health and Safety Code to establish a “microenterprise home kitchen operation”, referred to as MEHKOs, as a new type of retail food facility that will allow an individual to operate a restaurant in their private residence.  The new law also establishes requirements for “Internet Food Service Intermediary” (IFSI) entities, which provides a platform on its Internet Web site or mobile application, where a microenterprise home kitchen operation (MEHKO) can advertise food for sale. IFSIs are required to obtain a registration from the California Department of Public Health – Food and Drug Branch prior to advertising or promoting MEHKOs on their internet web site or mobile application.” – as Published at cdph.ca.gov.

MHKO Forms, Documents, and Links

ChefBnB.org is a “Licensed Food Service Intermediary”,
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Attention to all MEHKO’s Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations:

We are required to post this information in order for your MEHKO to advertise on a IFSI or Internet Food Service Intermediary.

1-The IFSI will be registered with the California Department of Public Health* Chefbnb.org is awaiting our registration from them.

2-The IFSI can not accept payment from the customer and send the MEHKO payment, the money must go from the customer to the MEHKO directly. **This is a recent change and from the 1/1/2019 posting on the CDPH website under General requirements for Internet Food Service Intermediares.

3-To advertise with us you cannot use the word CATERING in your advertisement, that includes any other websites we may have us link you to.

4-We are required to inform the MEHKO of all requirements specified in California Retail Food Code Chapter 11.6 prior to publication of the MEHKO’s offer of food for sale.

**We hereby with this posting notify you of these requirements on our chefbnb.org/MEHKO web page see RTFC 11.6 requirements-**This page is being created.
Currently you can visit the CDPH website https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/FoodSafetyProgram/MicroenterpriseHomeKitchenOperations and you will find the food code under the heading Regulations and Statues.

5-We are required to conspicuously how a consumer can report to the IFSI a food safety complaint, and with the local enforcement agency. The local agency will be Riverside County Environmental Health Agency.
*To contact Riverside County you can go to www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint and fill out the form. Phone is (888) 722-4234 after hours- (951) 782-2968

*To contact me Chef Michael Garahan with a complaint please fill out the form on our chefbnb.org/MEHKO/Complaint

6-We are required to submit the name and permit number of a MEHKO to the local enforcement agency if we receive three or more related individual food safety-related complaints.

*The CDPH General Requirements page 1/1/2019 adds to the above statement “that has made a purchase through its Internet Web Site.
We will notify the local enforcement agency if we receive three or more related complaints.

7-We will clearly state our fees associated with the amount being charged for the services on its Internet website or mobile application.

8-We are required to post if the MEHKO has liability insurance that covers any incidences arising from the sale or consumption of food listed or promoted.

9-We will provide on our chefbnb.org/MEHKO page a dedicated location for posting of your permit number

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