The passage of HB 263 did the following:
- Eliminated the application/registration process for Home-Based-Processing, thereby allowing anyone *with access to any water source* to sell “produce[d] or process[ed] whole fruit and vegetables, mixed-greens, jams, jellies, sweet sorghum syrup, preserves, fruit butter, bread, fruit pies, cakes, or cookies”.
- Consequence determined by CFA: food safety is limited
- Removed the requirement that allowed only farmers to apply for said certification
- Consequence determined by CFA: Literally anyone can sell the permitted items listed above
- In addition, items that had been previously cleared for sale under the Home-Based Processor certification, specifically maple-syrup sweetened granola, squash pies (ex: pumpkin and cushaw), nut pies, and other vegetable pies are no longer permitted under the revised language of HB 263.
- Consequence determined by CFA: Farmers and CFA members that rely on value added income streams to keep their operations profitable and/or afloat are now more limited in the scope of products they can sell outside of a certified kitchen.
- The following items were NEVER listed as permitted by HB 391(the original Home-Based-Processing statute), BUT were listed as permissible by registered Home-Based Processors in the KDA Farmers Market Handbook: Dried herbs, spices, nuts, or candy.
- Department of Public Health’s (DPH) enforcement of the HB 391: Eggs harvested on the farm cannot be used in home-based processor product (reasoning being cited: food safety). As it stands, farms (with appropriate licensing) may sell their eggs to restaurants, but may not use those eggs to make home-based processed goods to sell to the public.
CFA’s Proposed changes:
- Include language to require proof of water safety for home-based processors
- Include language to require home-based processors to register and be traceable for accountability, food-safety, epidemiological standards
- Provide language that will allow the following items to be sold by home-based processors: Dried herbs, spices, nuts, or candy.
- What specific AND shelf-stable/safe items need to be included literally in the KRS (State Law)
- Ask about the laws that limit home grown eggs to be used in home-based processor goods, but are permitted for sale to restaurants