Subject: North Dakota: Attend Hearing and Protect Cottage Foods!

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Hi Friend,

The hearing for Senate Bill (SB) 2269 is set for the Senate Agriculture Committee for Thursday, February 7 from 8:30 - 10:00 AM in the Roosevelt Park Room on the Ground Floor of the State Capitol.

If SB 2269 passes, much of the freedom built into the Food Freedom Act could be lost. Tell your lawmakers that you OPPOSE SB 2269.

Please take action today! Share this alert with your friends and family in North Dakota! 

Thanks to North Dakota Food Freedom for publicizing opposition to this bill.

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If you haven't done so yet, please call or email your State Senator and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 2269. You can look up who represents you in the Senate HERE

Remember, calls are far more effective than emails, and they can take just a couple of minutes! Keep your call or email short, polite, and clear—you can simply give your name, identify yourself as a constituent, and ask the Senator to OPPOSE the bill. If you have time, add a sentence or two about why this issue is important to you. See More Information, below, for some talking points that you can use.

If you're able to attend, the hearing for SB 2269 is set for the Senate Agriculture Committee for Thursday, February 7 from 8:30 - 10:00 AM in: 

Roosevelt Park Room
Ground Floor
State Capitol
600 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505 [directions]

Look for signs in case the hearing gets moved to another room. Visitors to the Capitol may only enter through the South and East doors. Please allow extra time to park and pass through security.

People who OPPOSE SB 2269 will be asking for a Do Not Pass recommendation from the committee.

If you’d like to testify, LeAnn from North Dakota Food Freedom is working to coordinate people’s testimony and can be reached through

If you’re a constituent of any of the members listed below who sit on the Senate Agriculture Committee, please definitely let him/her know that you OPPOSE this bill. If you're not a constituent, please skip this action item—committee members want to hear from their constituents, not people from all over the state. 

And please share this alert with anyone you know in these areas, via email, on your Facebook page, etc. 

You can find the URL for this alert at

North Dakota Senate Agriculture Committee:

District 25 (interactive district map)
Senator Larry Luick (chairman)

District 10 (interactive district map)
Senator Janne Myrdal (vice chairman)

District 21 (interactive district map)
Senator Kathy Hogan

District 14 (interactive district map)
Senator Jerry Klein

District 3 (interactive district map)
Senator Oley Larsen

District 20 (interactive district map)
Senator Arne Osland


Two years ago, North Dakota lawmakers passed the Food Freedom Act. The law allows producers to sell almost any food directly to consumers without licensing and inspection (except meat, meat products, and raw dairy products). The local food scene in the state is flourishing in part thanks to the Food Freedom Act. The state reports no illnesses that have been associated with the law.

But the Food Freedom Act is under attack by some North Dakota lawmakers. If Senate Bill 2269 (SB 2269) passes, much of the freedom built into the Food Freedom Act could be lost. For instance, beverages, foods containing poultry, and non-acidic canned fruits and vegetables prepared in home kitchens would be banned for sale or restricted.

SB 2269 would BAN the sale of:

1. Any drink products. No juices, lemonade, etc.
2. Refrigerated foods (i.e., fruit salad or cream pies) unless they are transported frozen—even if freezing them would harm the quality.
3. Foods containing poultry (although raw poultry would still be allowed under the 1,000-bird exemption).
4. Canned fruits or vegetables that are non-acidic (i.e., canned beans or beets).
6. Cut leafy greens and most other fresh cut fruits and vegetables, unless dehydrated or frozen.

The legislation would require:
  1. Additional labeling, including specific handling instructions.
  2. Eggs to be kept refrigerated. 
  3. Specific moisture levels for dehydrated food.
The bill would also open the door for local health departments to begin inspecting fresh fruit sold to restaurants.

Talking Points:
  • How would this bill affect you? Why do you want to be able to choose to access or sell cottage foods as the current law stands?
  • In the two years since the passing of the North Dakota Food Freedom Act, there have not been any reported foodborne illness outbreaks related to these cottage foods. 
  • If passed, SB 2269 would decrease possible income sources for many rural North Dakota residents who cannot afford to buy or rent a commercial kitchen and remove a key source of high-quality North Dakota food for local communities.
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