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Wyoming Provides Freedom to Local Food Producers

4/18/17 9:00 AM

The state of Wyoming is becoming more lenient when it comes to the laws local food producers must adhere by. The Food Freedom Act passed in 2015 has recently been expanded to make it easier for locals to sell their homemade products directly to consumers, a piece of legislation that many states have started to adopt.

The Wyoming Food Freedom Act was created to allow consumers to purchase certain foods such as produce, poultry and raw milk with a better understanding of where it came from. However, consumers must be informed that the product is not licensed, inspected or regulated.

Come July first, several changes to extend and clarify the law will take effect. Major changes include adding rabbit and fish as products consumers can purchase, as well as the one thousand bird exemption, which permits producers can butcher and sell up to one thousand of their own chickens to consumers. Another noteworthy change, commercial sellers will now be allowed to sell inspected and uninspected foods side-by-side as long as there is a separate cash register and a barrier between.

Although the Wyoming Food Freedom Act does allow the sale of uninspected foods, nothing in the act prevents the state department of health from investigating foodborne illness outbreaks. Local producers can protect themselves by voluntarily implementing a HACCP plan to prevent food safety hazards that could lead to an outbreak or recall.

To ensure the safety and quality of food, MadgeTech offers a variety of data loggers to constantly monitor the temperature of the product. This data is crucial to guarantee the product was cooked, stored and shipped at the proper temperatures. To view all of the data logging solutions for food processors, click here.

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