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West Virginia passes the best food freedom law in the country
In the Land of the Free, most state laws severely limit what kinds of food items people can sell. These laws hit small farmers and producers really hard, where people have to submit to kitchen inspections and pay steep permit fees.
In 2015 however, Wyoming set the food freedom standard with a law which cut all sorts of restrictions on selling homemade foods like baked goods, pickles, and kombucha.
Neighbors South Dakota and Utah quickly followed.
Now West Virginia has passed arguably the most expansive food freedom law in the country.
It allows homemade food to be sold online or in person without licenses or inspections. They just have to include a label explaining that it is homemade, listing the ingredients, warning of possible allergens, and including contact info of the producer.
There is no limit to how much a merchant can earn, and the only restriction is on foods containing meat.
So far, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Utah say there hasn’t been a single report of foodborne illness from anyone selling food under the new laws.
It’s sad that allowing people the freedom to choose what they put in their own bodies is such a novel concept. But we’re happy to see this law passed.
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How rare is this?
One can only hope this is a new trend!
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