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Health department shuts down business of little girl

TROY, Ill. (Derek Drake) -- An 11-year-old Missouri girl had her dreams squashed by a local government agency.

Chloe Stirling, 11, made the front page of the local paper with her home-grown business of making and decorating cakes and cupcakes.

It was after her front page spotlight when the Madison County Health Department jumped in and told the girl and her family that she could no longer sell her creations.

The sixth-grader started her own cupcake and cake business a couple years ago. She mostly makes her cakes and cupcakes for family and friends for special events.

Health Department spokesperson Amy Yeager told KMOV-TV in St. Louis that the little girl needs a permit.

By not having a permit, according to Yeager, Stirling is violating the county's food ordinance and Illinois State Food Sanitation Code.

Yeager also said the girl needs the kitchen she uses to bake properly licensed or build a new, properly licensed kitchen in her family's home.

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