Health officials force local 11-year-old girl to shut down cupcake business
(KMOV) An 11-year-old Troy girl who made the cover of a local newspaper for her cupcake-making abilities is being forced to shut down her business.
The Madison County Health Department told the family of Chloe Stirling she can no longer sell cupcakes after reading about her in Sunday’s Belleville News-Democrat.
The Triad Middle School sixth-grader started her own cake and cupcake business two years ago and has mostly sold to family and friends for special events.
But because she sells them, health department spokesperson Amy Yeager said she needs a permit. She said by not having a permit Stirling violates the county’s food ordinance and Illinois State Food Sanitation Code.
The health department says she also needs to get a licensed kitchen or create another kitchen in her family’s home.