Egg Vendors No Longer Have to Shell Out for Local Permit
With the passage of SB 179, Local units of government can no longer require a permit for egg sellers at local farmers’ markets if they have an IESB.
From the Indiana General Assembly, the digest reads:
Various agricultural matters. Allows poultry farms to slaughter and process up to a certain number of poultry annually without inspection under federal regulations. Provides that a local unit of government may not by ordinance or resolution require licensure, certification, or inspection for food or food products of an individual vendor, farmer, or bona fide egg producer who meets certain requirements. Allows poultry that is sold on a farm to be refrigerated at the point of sale. Requires poultry that is sold at a farmer’s market, through delivery, or at a roadside stand to be frozen at the point of sale. Requires poultry that is sold on a farm, through delivery or at a roadside stand to be used, sold, or frozen within seventy-two (72) hours of processing.
For a history of the bill and its sponsors visit Open States.
Relevant section quoted below:
Notwithstanding any other law, a local unit of government (as defined in IC 14-22-31.5-1) may not by ordinance or resolution require any licensure, certification, or inspection of foods or food products of a farmer or bona fide egg producer acting under this section.