Noem signs legislation expanding reach of cottage food industry

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed legislation Friday to expand access to homemade or “cottage” foods in the state.

Farmers MarketHouse Bill 1322 revised the definition of those cottage foods to include all shelf-stable foods, and even some foods requiring refrigeration, provided the seller completes regular food-safety training.

Cottage food producers will still be required to label items with a product name, the name of the producer and a disclaimer that it wasn’t produced in a commercial kitchen.

Supporters say the bill expands food freedom and will eliminate the need for third-party testing for local producers selling their homemade goods.

Barb Cromwell, manager of the Black Hills Farmers Market, says, “[Now they are food certified for all their canned goods], where before they had to send each individual recipe into the state for a certification…and that means that they will also be able to pass their recipes, pass their business down to the next generation, or sell it when they wish to retire.”

Cromwell says she believes that over the long run, the new rules will entice more vendors to the local market.

The new law will take effect on July 1, 2022.

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