HB 2108: Cottage Food Freedom 2019

HB 2108 by Eddie Rodriguez is the most important step in improving the cottage food law that we’ve seen since 2013. These provisions affect ALL cottage food producers. 

This bill:

  • Removes the location restriction. It allows the sale of cottage foods directly to consumers anywhere in the state.
  • Allows internet sales as long as one portion of the sale takes place in person.
  • Allows ANY non-potentially hazardous food (in other words, it gets rid of the specific list that we are currently operating with).
  • Adds pickled fruits and vegetables including pickled beets and carrots.
  • Adds canned goods that are acidified
  • Adds fermented products
  • Adds frozen fruits and vegetables
  • DOES NOT ADD any new regulatory burdens for cottage food producers. 

YOUR VOICE MATTERS. The bill needs vocal public support to move through the process and have a chance of becoming law. It would be a giant step forward for local food producers. If its passage would benefit you or someone you love, please tell your Texas State Representative! It’s easy!

1.     Locate your Texas State Representative (NOT your US Congressman). Enter your address here:

2.     Click on his or her name to be taken directly to their House contact page. 

3.     CALL your Texas State Representative to tell them you need this bill to pass! The number will start with 512-463-XXXX. Sample text: “Hi, my name is _______ and I am a constituent. I’m calling because I support HB 2108 by Eddie Rodriguez, the Cottage Food Freedom Bill.” At this point the staff member may ask for your contact information. You can add a short statement about why the bill’s passage is important to you. Don’t be afraid of speaking with the staff in your State Representative’s office! Their job is to serve you and they are generally courteous and friendly. 

Sign up for updates to be emailed to you whenever the bill moves. Go to My TLO (you must create an account): https://capitol.texas.gov/MnuMyTLO.aspx

P.S. There are FIVE other bills that have been filed that expand cottage foods in small ways. While those are important and I will keep tabs on them, HB 2108 is the bill that I am focusing on promoting because it contains the most comprehensive improvements to the cottage food law.

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