Enthusiasm is building in Montana for a Food Freedom bill that may be fatally flawed in its major elements. The major sponsor, Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, has promised to keep working on the bill to get it across the finish line.
Hertz, owner, and manager of Moody’s Market in Polson, MT, is a retail grocer who says he sees demand from constituents who want to purchase fresh foods, including raw milk, directly from Montana’s farmers and ranchers.
Montana in 2015 passed a Cottage Foods bill that has led to the start of 400 businesses, according to some officials. Hertz wants Montana to go further with Senate Bill (SB) 199, the Montana Food Freedom bill.
The Hertz bill as drafted would largely deregulate raw milk and meat production in Montana, and the bill has already drawn a warning from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
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