What is HB 135?

Jan 20, 2014 by

What is HB 135?

There is a piece of legislation in Virginia (HB 135, Virginia Food Freedom Act) that aims to expand the food products that can be produced without state or local inspection and sold directly to the end consumer. These products can be sold from the farm or at a farmers market.

What does HB135 mean for local food producers?

Virginia already allows people to make certain products in a home of farm kitchen (a kitchen that is not inspected or regulated by the state of Virginia) and sell them directly to the end consumer.

Currently “allowed” products include baked goods, jams and jellies (as long as they are not low-acid or acidified), nuts, dried pasta, granola and other similar food products that do not require time or temperature control (they do not have to be kept hot or cold).

HB135 aims to expand this product list such that:

residents or owners process or prepare any food product made from dairy products, fluid milk, fruit, grain, herbs, honey, meat, milk, mushrooms, nuts, poultry, seafood, vegetables, or any other ingredient that has otherwise been obtained in accordance with existing law, provided that such products are sold directly to the end consumer and labeled with the producer’s name, producer’s address, and product ingredients and the following disclosure: “NOT FOR RESALE – PROCESSED AND PREPARED WITHOUT STATE INSPECTION.”

HB135 has been assigned to the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. If you are interested in being involved in this bill, contact your representative.

Resources

For more information, there are a couple websites about the bill (Virginia Food Freedom, Virginia Farm and Food Freedom). Here is the text of House Bill 135.

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