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Texas news from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

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Cottage Foods Rule

The cottage foods bill is a wonderful, simple law that we succeeded in passing last session. It allows individuals to make certain low-risk foods (non-hazardous baked goods, canned jams and jellies, and dried herbs) in their home kitchens and sell the foods directly to consumers without being regulated by the local or state health departments. There are a few conditions: sales must be less than $50,000 per year, the sale must occur at the home, and no internet sales are allowed.

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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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