Nebraskans that sell food and other goods at farmers markets want to be able to sell those same products in other venues under Nebraska’s Pure Food Act. Nichole Fox is the Director of Government Relations at the Platte Institute and says LB 764 is an extension of the state’s cottage law that allows the sale of temperature controlled foods from a non-commercial kitchen. Those items include baked goods, jams, jellies, salsa, etc.
Fox says, “Currently Nebraska’s Cottage Law only allows those people to sell these goods at farmers markets. This would expand it so they could sell it directly from their home and do so year round.”
Fox says the opposition to this bill is the commercial food industry and grocery stores who are citing food-borne illness but the foods under consideration in the bill do not cause that issue.
Fox is hopeful the bill will pass. She says there is momentum in the Legislature now on ways to create jobs to get people working. That momentum is coming from both sides of the aisle. There has been some talk about making a few amendments to the bill and taking a look at what other states are doing before a final decision.
Senators Sue Crawford of Bellevue and Carol Blood of Sarpy County introduced this bill.