Fox News just aired a segment with Bernadette Barber, who has been heading up the Virginia Food Freedom initiative for the past two years. Bernadette and her team have drafted a new bill, HB 1290, which is similar to their ambitious bill from last year. This group of individuals is fighting for something that no current cottage food law has aimed for: namely, they are trying to deregulate direct sales for all types of homemade food. If successful, they will set a new bar in the United States for the cottage food industry to strive towards.
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UPDATE: This initiative did not pass again, but hopefully they will try next year. Soon after it failed, Wyoming successfully passed the Wyoming Food Freedom Act, making them the first state to deregulate almost all direct sales of homemade food.
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