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Relating to the regulation of cottage food production operations.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 572 would expand the current list of allowed cottage foods (food produced in home kitchens for sale to the public in limited circumstances) to include pickled fruits or vegetables vegetables, plant-based acidified canned goods, fermented vegetable products, frozen raw and uncut fruit or vegetables, and any other food that is not a time and temperature control for safety food. The bill would require a cottage food production operation that sells pickled fruit or vegetables, fermented products or acidified canned goods to: (1) use a recipe that is from an approved source, has been tested by an appropriately certified laboratory to have a pH value of 4.6 or less, or is approved by a qualified process authority; or (2) annually test the first batch of each recipe with a calibrated pH meter to confirm that the finished product or good has a pH value of 4.6 or less.
This bill would require DSHS to semiannually post a list of approved sources for recipes on its website, and develop a process for individuals to request approval for additional recipes.
Texas Action supports SB 572 because it promotes free markets and limited government by expanding the list of allowed cottage foods. Crafting reasonable cottage food law has potential to allow in-home processors to start businesses to support the local economy, as well as increase access to local products for their communities.