FARM-TO-TABLE CAUCUS BILL PASSES TEXAS HOUSE

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Contact: Selena Saucedo Booth

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Selena.Booth@house.state.tx.us

FIRST FARM-TO-TABLE CAUCUS BILL PASSES TEXAS HOUSE

AUSTIN, Texas – May 6, 2013 – House Bill 970, the “Cottage Foods Bill,” by Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) passed third reading today in the Texas House.

HB 970 expands the list of allowable foods for sale to include other safe food items such as: roasted nuts, roasted nut butters, fruit butters, candies, cereals, granolas, dry mixes, vinegars, pickles, mustard, roasted coffee or tea, and dried herb mixes.

“Like the Farm-to-Table Caucus, the cottage foods bill enjoys broad bipartisan support,” said Rep. Rodriguez. “I’m excited to see what kinds of small businesses are able to flourish after this bill makes it through the Senate.”

This bill removes barriers for local food producers by providing for the sale at other customarily direct-to-consumer locations like farmer’s markets and other events.

“This bill protects our smallest food producers from being over-regulated,” said Representative Lois Kolkhorst, who is Chair of the House Committee on Public Health and Vice-Chair of the Caucus. “It’s a bipartisan effort to encourage our free enterprise system and promote healthy local options.”

About Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus

The Caucus is the first state legislative caucus of its kind in the nation. It is a bipartisan organization of the Texas House of Representatives interested in public policy relating to the production, distribution, and consumption of Texas foods. The Caucus officers include Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), Chair; Representative Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Vice-Chair; Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin), Secretary; and Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston), Treasurer.

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