Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has also introduced HB 1839, The Virginia Food Freedom Act.
Another bill which one might imagine will send the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, the PEC, and the Editor of The Fauquier Times Democrat into a swivet.
HB 1839 addresses home-produced food operations, exempting food products processed in homes and on farms from certain regulations.
It will be interesting to see if Supervisor Granger supported by local media, now threatens the tax status of home owners who may want to produce some jams, jellies, pies, or canned beans for sale to the community, like he has the farmers of the county.
A summary of the bill is printed below, and the entire bill can be read by accessing the HB 1839 link below.
Whereas; Virginia is experiencing a serious economic downturn, and
Whereas; Virginians are seeking locally produced healthy foods by people and farms they know, and
Whereas , Virginians can create their own jobs and determine the healthfulness and safety of the foods of their choosing without government interference.
We propose; the Virginia Food Freedom Act: HB 1839
There will be no restrictions for the sale of foods that are processed in the home or on a farm and sold directly to the end consumer as long as it has a label that states the name of the producer, address, ingredients and the disclosure *not government inspected*
For the purpose of this bill the definitions are as follows:
Home: the residence of the producer.
Farm: an agricultural facility that has five or fewer employees outside of family.
For more information visit Virginia Food Freedom