Subject: Support Local Food in Utah - Tell Your State Senator to Vote Yes on HB 181

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Support Local Food in Utah
Tell Your State Senator to Vote YES on HB 181
Dear Friend,

House Bill 181 (HB 181), “The Home Consumption and Homemade Food Act,” would expand the kinds of foods producers could sell directly to consumers from home kitchens. The bill has been approved by the House and could be voted on by the Senate as early as Friday, February 23, 2018. 

So now is the time to call your State Senator and urge him or her to vote yes on this local food bill!

HB 181 would allow most foods and non-alcoholic beverages to be sold by producers directly to consumers with minimal regulation. Sales could be made at a home, farm, ranch, farmers’ market and any other venue agreed upon by a producer and informed consumer. Producers would have to label their products to disclose the lack of inspection as well as any allergens, and they would have to obtain a business license if they would sell in a municipality that would require it. Producers selling uninspected products at a farmers’ market would have to sell in an area that is clearly separated from where vendors are selling inspected food, with signage to indicate the difference.

The bill does not include meat, poultry (unless processed under the on-farm exemption), or raw dairy products. The health department would be able to investigate if there were any outbreaks of foodborne illness and inspect if there were reason to believe that the food being sold was adulterated.


Please pass this alert on and ask others to do the same.

- FTCLDF Team

TAKE ACTION #1:

Call or email your State Senator and ask him or her to vote YES on HB 181.

To find your Senator, enter your address at le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict or go to the Senate Roster and click on your Senator’s name to get full contact information.

Calls are most effective and can be very quick. Here is a sample text, which can also be adapted for email:

“Hi, my name is ___, and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask the Senator to vote yes on HB 181, the Home Consumption and Homemade Foods Act. [Add a couple of sentences about why this bill matters to you
you can pick from the talking points below for some ideas, but make it personal]. Can you tell me how my Senator plans to vote on HB 181?”

The staff will most likely tell you that they don’t know the Senator’s position on the bill
that’s fine. Thank them for their time, and ask that they follow up with you to let you know how the Senator plans to vote. That helps send the signal that this issue is important enough to you that you’re going to stay involved and remember how he or she votes.
TALKING POINTS:
  • HB 181 would offer consumers the opportunity to buy more of the foods they want from local producers, including family favorites like pumpkin pie. Demand for locally produced food continues to grow because consumers want to buy from people they know and trust.
  • HB 181 would support small local businesses, boosting the local economy. HB 181 would help keep small farms and local food artisan producers in business and growing.
  • Locally produced food has an excellent track record for safety. There hasn’t been a single foodborne illness outbreak attributed to the consumption of a cottage food in Utah. If there ever is a problem, locally produced food has a high degree of traceability.
  • The state and local health departments would continue to have the authority to inspect if there were a suspicion of foodborne illness.
MORE INFORMATION:

Read the bill and track its status here
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.

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www.farmtoconsumer.org | 703-208-FARM (3276) | info@farmtoconsumer.org
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