Home food inspections; exempts private homes that process certain pickles and vegetables. (SB920)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Inspection of food establishments; exception for private homes.  Adds certain pickles and other processed vegetables to the foods that may be prepared in private homes and sold to individuals at farmers markets or the preparer's home without an inspection by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In order for the exemption to apply, the pickles or other processed vegetables must be grown on property owned or leased by the processor and have a pH value of 4.6 or lower after the completion of the recipe for such product. Currently, the exemption from inspection applies only to certain candies, jams, and jellies and baked goods that do not need refrigeration. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103711D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB920)
02/07/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Committee substitute printed 11104904D-S1
02/08/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB920S1)
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Passed by for the day
02/27/2011No further action taken
02/27/2011Failed to pass in Senate


Linda Hosay writes:

This bill would give added food choices to the citizens of the Commonwealth. It would also be an economic boost to small farmers and and farmers' markets. State inspected and approved kitchens are an expensive proposition for the small farmer/producer. Being able to process value-added products without such added expense would increase farm income and the variety of food available at local farmers' markets. High acid processed foods such as those allowed by this bill do not pose any significant health risk. As we all know, that is not the case with many inspected products that are allowed for sale in supermarkets, etc..

Waldo Jaquith writes:

A good and necessary bill. I think it was submitted last year, too (by Del. Toscano?). I hope it fares better this year.

Linda Hosay writes:

Linda Hosay recinds her support of SB920. My support was for the bill as it was introduced, not as it was amended and passed by the committee.