Subject: Support Food Freedom in Maryland - Tell Your Legislators to Support HB 1106!

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Support Food Freedom in Maryland
Tell Your Legislators to Support HB 1106
Dear Friend,

Maryland House Bill 1106 (HB 1106) would expand the ways a food producer can sell foods made in his/her own kitchen to a consumer. Currently, a cottage food producer is only allowed to sell to consumers at farmers’ markets or public events. HB 1106 would permit cottage food producers to also sell to consumers from their home, via personal delivery, and via mail delivery.

HB 1106 would help cottage food producers expand their markets, helping to build small businesses and provide more choices for consumers.

Please help us pass this bill by taking the action steps below! And then share this alert with your networks and friends.

- FTCLDF Team

TAKE ACTION #1:

Call or email your State Delegates and urge them to support HB 1106. You can look up who represents you here.

Calls are more effective than emails, and they take just a couple of minutes! Be sure to mention that you are a constituent.

Sample Message:
Hi, my name is ___ and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask Representative ____ to support HB 1106." [Explain why this is important to you in 2-3 sentences. You can use any of the talking points below t
help you get started. Remember to make it personal, about why this matters to you.]
TAKE ACTION #2:

Come to the hearing on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. The House Health and Government Operations Committee will meet in: 

Room 240
House Office Building
6 Bladen St
Annapolis, MD 21401 [Directions]

If you want to testify, you can find out about how to sign up here. Plan your comments ahead and keep them short (less than 3 minutes) and simple. And while you’re at the Capitol, go visit your Representative's and Senator’s offices and talk to their staff in person!

TALKING POINTS:
  • The current restriction on where cottage food products can be sold does not improve public safety. If the food is safe to sell at farmers’ markets or public events, it is equally safe to sell at someone’s house, through delivery, or shipped directly to the customer.
  • HB 1106 would allow cottage food producers to expand their markets, supporting these very small businesses. (By definition, cottage food producers can only sell $25,000 of products annually.)
  • HB 1106 would allow consumers the choice to buy low-risk foods from local producers without having to go to the farmers’ market each week or during some limited number of public events. The bill would let consumers decide, year-round, if they want to buy these foods from these local businesses.
  • Cottage food products have an excellent track record for safety. There have been no food borne illness outbreaks attributed to the consumption of a cottage food product in Maryland. If there ever is a problem, locally produced food has a high degree of traceability.
MORE INFORMATION:

Who We Are/What We Do

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods.

Learn more About Us.
www.farmtoconsumer.org | 703-208-FARM (3276) | info@farmtoconsumer.org
8116 Arlington Blvd Suite #263, Falls Church, VA 22042, United States
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