Effort to legalize home baked goods stuck on cutting board

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Grace DeStefano has been fighting for the last seven years for her right to bake a cake.

DeStefano is among a group of home bakers who have been fighting since 2009 for New Jersey to catch up to almost every other state in having a cottage food law.

That would allow for them to join in a tradition that supporters say is as American as the apple pie they're now not legally allowed to sell.

New Jersey and Wisconsin are the only two states that effectively ban the sale of home-baked goods. Opponents cite public health concerns and unfair competition against established businesses.

State Sen. Joe Vitale says it's admirable that the home bakers want to do the right thing, but that there are public safety and health concerns.