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The Illegal Actions of Local Health Departments

Posted 4/22/2020 8:04am by Zach Brown.

Your local health department is acting ILLEGALLY!

In May farmers markets will start to reopen, but unfortunately the health department rules around farmers markets are now even more restrictive than a grocery store. Farmers markets are open air, shorter supply chain options that are safer than even a grocery store, yet health departments in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties have banned food trucks, ready to eat food items, and home-based vendors.

Here is the relevant law. Per SB 179-2014 (Public Law 154-2014) all farms, roadside stands, and farmers market vendors, and direct to the consumer delivery of non-potentially hazardous foods (i.e. vegetables, chicken, eggs, baked goods, and other home-based vendor products) do not fall under the jurisdiction of local health departments. Instead they are under the State Health department. This means that any time a local health department official tries to threaten a farmer for not being licensed or tries to shutdown or restrict a farmers market stand, they are acting illegally. Sadly this type of behavior is all too common in Indiana. Local health departments extract unnecessary fees from farmers in exchange for nothing.

Local health departments are not accountable to anyone. It's time to make them be accountable. Demand from your local leaders that they allow farmers markets to reopen with reasonable precautions (i.e. social distancing).

You can read the law for yourself at the link below. Specifically Section 1, subsection i and section 2, subsection b.

http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/senate/179#document-6d6d9009

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