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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am having a hard time finding info on what requirements are on farmers that directly sell food? It looks like I would be required to "register" with the FDA but there is no mention of any inspections, etc.

Where does a guy start with this?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you're just selling from your yard or tail gate
of your truck, check with local health department
for guide lines.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would have to step up past the tail gate sales. Just too much product that I need to ship product and such. I would probably directly retail though. I know of a few small farms locally that do this. They actually sell everything from beef, pork, chicken, to honey and cheese. They retail all of it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There's a neighbor lady who sells her own produce to the public. I know she had to get a certification from the state to legally do so. Your state may have different rules.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In Indiana you can sell produce where ever you want to. If you are selling beef pork etc... You can sell 1/4, 1/2, or whole directly to the buyer. If you are selling in individual packages it must be state inspected. If you are selling across stateline it needs FDA inspection. You can sell up to 20,000 whole buthcered chickens on the farm, directly to consumer. (This may have changed). You can bake,can,bottle in a home kitchen if it meets certain sanitary guigelines. (This became law in the last few years)
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Forgot eggs. Officialy you get a state permit and comply with handling guide lines.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I should note that I have no intentions of owning livestock. I am primarily focused on plant based foods.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

raw produce is pretty simple. But if you get into
processed packaged products that is a whole new
ballgame.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:55 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In general your state has the most say on all this in general
your state will interpt the fedral rules, and often the local
county inspector is the one who actually deals with how the
rules are enforced.

So your state is important, your county is the action person
that can be easy or tough on you, and the Feds have broad
outlines your state might make you follow.

In other words, you need to look local as to what you are
required to do.......


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mennonites sell baked goods all the time at their roadside stands.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well, that has kind of changed in at least Indiana whether it be Mennonites, Amish, me, whoever. Used to be that I'd see or run across and sometimes purchase just like you said, with home grown vegetables, fruit pies, cakes, etc. Inspectors came along and put an end to the "homegrown" ingredients. Now must be USDA inspected, which means purchased canned, bottled, etc. I haven't seen the open stands that I used to since.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Joe Stalin took the food away from the peasants in the Ukraine.Starved them into submission.Nais was part of the plan in the US.Put a RFI chip in every chicken.Havent heard much about Nais lately.Small Farmers are in a fight with the state here trying to sell food to neighbors with out state control.Just the beginning.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:56 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

State requires organic farmers to take a 3 day course on pesticides and buy a license to sell vegetables here.Any one who sells over 1000.00 in vegetable must take the course and pay the fees.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:50 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What state? I'd start by checking with your county Ag extension office.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Re: USDA, FDA, requirements for farmers selling food? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think in Texas. You have to register,go to a class and pass an inspection. I know you don't see many road side stands anymore. Friend of mine went to the farmers market in Dallas Texas. Said it has really gone down hill since the city took over.Used to be a fun place to go to.
 
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