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Hundreds Of Homemade Food Businesses Flourish Under State Food Freedom Laws

Friday, January 25, 2019

Almost four years after the nation’s first “food freedom” law was enacted, hundreds of new local businesses have sprouted across three states, and without a single outbreak of a foodborne illness. Completely exempt from any licensing, permitting, or inspection requirements, residents operating under their state’s food freedom act can create and sell almost any homemade dish imaginable, except those that contain meat.

Homemade food businesses are also free to sell at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and from farms, ranches, and homes, so long as they sell their goods directly to an “informed end consumer,” i.e. someone who knows they’re buying something not regulated by the government. Selling food freedom products across state lines or through grocery stores, restaurants, or wholesalers does remain verboten.

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