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Thanks for contacting Ask Extension.

Please reference the OSU Extension publication titled Oregon's Home Baking Bill. It's a quick read that answers common questions about this law.

In the publication, it defines what is considered a "potentially hazardous" baked good that would not qualify for sale under the law. A potentially hazardous baked good requires temperature control (refrigeration) to prevent infectious or toxic microorganisms. Examples include pies, cakes, or pastries containing cream, custard, meringue, or cream cheese icing or fillings.

If the pumpkin pie or pecan pie fall into any of these categories, then you would have to obtain a license from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in order to produce it and sell it for public consumption. It would not fall under the farm direct exemption.

It may be worth contacting the ODA food safety division for their interpretation of your specific recipes. You can also find ODA inspectors in your area at the following page: Search for a Food Safety Specialist.

Happy baking!

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