The Legislative session is in full swing and ends March 8th.
If you want to see a bill pass you must help! There are lobbyists, large organizations, state agency’s that legislators, individuals, and small groups tirelessly work with they need to hear your voice. It must be a grassroots effort to succeed!
We strongly support individuals being able to sell homemade food and those who desire to be able to have the option to purchase food made in someones home.
Consumers are increasingly realizing the important difference in foods that are not produced or processed within the structure of the agriculture complex that is currently our food system. Their voices are finally being heard as new legislation has been proposed an or passed in several states making it easier for local small farms and food entrepreneurs to produce this food and consumers to be able to access it.
The new law would allow homemade and local food to be sold and consumed and encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by the state’s farms and ranches. The bill would give people who make and sell these foods directly to the public an exemption from getting the burdensome mandatory permits, licensing labels, and inspections. Those who sell directly to grocers and restaurants, however, would not be exempt, nor would those selling food across state lines.
The new law would be more conducive to small farms and entrepreneurial enterprises giving new young farmers equal opportunity and rural areas the opportunity to thrive.
We strongly support individuals being able to sell raw milk from the farm (limited quantities) uninspected, unregulated, and those who desire to, to be able to have the option to purchase raw milk legally.
We support raw milk being sold off the farm in a truck, at an outdoor market, or in any store as long as every batch is tested. This bill does not include sales to retail stores.
We support raw milk being sold off the farm and transported (limited quantities) in an ice bath with a thermometer. This bill does not include the ability to transport in an ice bath.
HB 251 Utah Wholesome Food Act Amendments
Concerned as currently written working with Representative for a more narrow scope of the definition. “The lack of definitions leaves the bill too broad, open to different interpretations, and would allow regulation of small producers, who the Federal Government chose to provide relief to from cumbersome regulations, under FSMA.” (Food Modernization Act)