Home-produced or farm-produced food products; exempts certain foods from Board of ACS regulations. (HB619)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), and Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Home-produced or farm-produced food products. Exempts food products and food made from milk processed or prepared in private homes or farms from Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulations, so long as (i) the sale is made directly to end consumers and (ii) the product is labeled with the producer's name and address, the product's ingredients, and a disclosure statement indicating the product is not for resale and is processed and prepared without state inspection. The bill also exempts private homes or farms that meet the same conditions from examinations conducted by the State Health Commissioner of establishments in which crustacea, finfish, and shellfish are handled. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102338D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/14/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/14/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB619)
01/25/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 3-N)
02/01/2016Reconsideration by Subcommittee
02/16/2016Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Linda Hosay writes:

This bill is about farm and food freedom. This is a bill about CHOICE. Passage of this bill will help small farmers and their customers.

Victoria Esarey writes:

Am so pleased to have been alerted to the introduction of this excellent bill. I agree with Linda Hosay above; this bill is about choice and therefore freedom.