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Salmonella outbreak linked to Wisconsin farmers market peas

Seven people have been confirmed with Salmonella poisoning linked to a peas from a July 22 Saturday Farmers Markets in Green Bay and Fond du Lac. “All seven of the patients consumed fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. Shelled peas are loose, no longer in their pod,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. The investigation into… Continue Reading

Illinois new raw milk rules get first legislative tests

Three bills introduced into the Illinois General Assembly loosen up cottage food sales and promote farmers markets, but apparently are not intended to alter the state’s new raw milk law. Illinois in 2016 aligned itself with the surrounding states of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin by prohibiting any retail sales of milk without pasteurization. On-farm sales… Continue Reading

Montana’s Revised Cottage Food Law Kicked in Oct. 1

After much study and discussion, Montana’s revised cottage food law finally went into effect Oct. 1, 2015. The revision is courtesy of House Bill 478, which passed the 2015 legislative session earlier this year. Among other provisions, it expanded the types of foods legally allowed to be made at home and sold in person at a public or… Continue Reading

NCSL Maps State Raw Milk Laws as 2015 Legislatures Reach Adjournment

Perhaps no other organization in the country is better positioned to know the best time for drawing a new map of current state raw milk laws and policies than the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The bipartisan group, based in Denver, closely tracks state and territorial legislative sessions, and it has chosen this moment… Continue Reading

FDA May Exempt Farm-to-Consumer Sales from FSMA Preventive Controls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to amend and improve its regulations on food facility registration. Facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. must register with FDA, but “retail food establishments,” farms, restaurants and certain other entities are exempt from the requirement. The… Continue Reading

Note to Small Farms: Keep Food Safety Front and Center When Donating or Selling to Food Banks


As you read this, please keep in mind that back in the 1970s and 80s, my family — ma, pa, and the kids — had a 20-acre place in northern Idaho. We raised sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits, and put in an orchard, several acres of hay, and a huge garden. We believed that the… Continue Reading