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Speak up for Texas farmers markets!

An alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is busy making things more difficult for local food producers.

As we alerted you last week [see post Speak up for cottage food producers!], DSHS has proposed labeling rules that would significantly and unfairly burden cottage food producers. And DSHS hasn’t stopped there — it has also proposed new regulations on farmers’ markets.

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Speak up for cottage food producers!

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Last year, your calls and letters helped pass a law in Texas to allow people to make low-risk foods in their home kitchens to sell directly to consumers without government interference.  SB 81 was a great first step in reducing the regulatory burdens on the local foods movement.

One section of SB 81 directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to adopt rules regarding labeling of cottage foods.  The legislation was very specific: the labels were to include the producer’s name, address, and a statement that the food was not inspected by the local or state authorities.   But the DSHS staff have used this opening to bury cottage food producers in red tape.

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