FOOD FREEDOM ARRIVES AUGUST 1st
Governor Doug Burgum signs HB1433 - the Food Freedom bill - into law with supporters watching.
Food and drink products exempted from Food Freedom are:
- Poultry - Producers may only sell 1,000 processed birds, which was the limit prior to the legislation.
- Red meat - Producers must use the current inspection program just as they did prior to the bill.
- Milk and milk products - Producers may only sell farm fresh (raw) milk and milk products via a cow or goat share program just as they did before.
- Alcoholic beverages - Producers have to follow previous law.
With all those exemptions, what actually changed? Prime Sponsor of the legislation, Representative Luke Simons from Dickinson explains. "This is a cottage food law. People can create a food item in their home and sell to their friends and neighbors without government interference. YOU are the inspector. I trust you to make the right decision for yourself and your family."
The legislation standardizes direct to consumer food sales. "ND has 27 local health districts, plus the state health department. Prior to the enactment of HB 1433, each health district could have different rules and regulations. If you went to farmers market in both Bismarck and Mandan, one might allow you to buy eggs from a farmer and the other wouldn't. Food Freedom makes all those sales legal. Local ordinances can't deny your right to sell to consumers for use in their home.
On a personal level, one supporter wrote: "To me it means that producers and consumers have the right to freely exchange anything that they make without the government interfering.
You also have the responsibility on both sides to properly handle
that food, to provide complete disclosure, and to properly care for that
food. If I as a consumer go to a farmer’s market, I don’t buy milk, eggs,
and meat, and then leave them in a hot car for a couple hours while I take in a movie. Instead, I get my food into a cooler, and take it home as soon as possible. Safe
handling, safe transport, and of course proper reheating are all