A legal complaint is drafted challenging the constitutionality of Montana’s popular Local Food Choice Act, Food Safely News has learned. Montana’s Local Food Choice Act exempts homemade food producers from state licensure, permitting, certification, and labeling requirements ( Chap. 04 30).

Jeff Havens, Senior Public Health Sanitarian and Registered Sanitarian
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In the two months since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill (SB) 21-079 to deregulate direct to consumer meat sales, there’s not been any sign of a new industry taking off.  Work on writing rules and drafting animal share agreements may be holding things up.

Polis, a “Food Freedom”
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Tne Montana Local Food Choice Act is on the governor’s desk. It passed on the third and final readings in the House, 70-20, and the Senate, 32 to 18.  Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte will likely sign it, and it will immediately become law with his signature.

Sponsored by state Sen.
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North Dakota health officials want state legislators to clarify rules about so-called cottage foods because of concerns about botulism poisoning.

The State Health Council, which includes two state senators, approved the proposed changes during a special meeting this week. The council doesn’t want additional regulations but rather wants to make
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Two new mothers who founded a baby food company in 2018 are recalling 11 products because Canadian inspectors found they could permit growth of the bacteria that causes botulism. There are no identifying codes on the products, except for the brand and flavor.  

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recall notice
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Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study.

Using a comprehensive three-way approach, the research assessed food safety
Continue Reading Penn State researchers find farmers markets’ food safety inadequate; E. coli and Listeria abound

food decision 2016As Americans prepare for the second week of pre-empted prime time programming tonight with the beginning of the Democratic National Convention today in Philadelphia, there’s one thing that liberals and conservatives agree about — food safety. “Foodborne illness from bacteria ranked first among both liberals and conservatives (with) 55 percent
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