Rep. Wiese gives us House Bill 1121, which would deregulate the homemade-food market. Wiese proposes a number of measures to make it easier for home bakers and canners to make some money on the side by selling their goods at farmers markets and elsewhere. House Bill 1121 would…
- Repeal the requirement that canned goods be inspected by a third-party processing authority check canned goods to ensure they meet statutory pH levels.
- Replace the warning currently required on Mabel’s Kuchen and Karen’s Kanned Kraut that “This product was not produced in a commercial kitchen. It has been home-processed in a kitchen that may also process common food allergens such as tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat, milk, fish, and crustacean shellfish” with shorter “This food was not produced in a commercial kitchen. This food may contain allergens.” (And note the kindly rewording from “product” to “food”.)
- Allow Mabel, Karen, et al. to sell their products through third parties without getting a food service license, as long as they aren’t making more than $150,000 a year.
In addition to this deregulation, Rep. Wiese proposes more GOP usurpation of local control by forbidding counties, townships, and municipalities from imposing any ordinances of their own regulating homemade food items.
Filed just yesterday, Wiese’s House Bill 1121 awaits its initial hearing before House Commerce and Energy. We hope Representative Wiese will bring some brownies to show the onerous labels and licenses that prevent the public from selling and buying more of those scrumptious goodies on the street.