[Market-farming] The Health Department at the Market

Thamnophis thamnophis at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 22:53:33 EDT 2011

I talked to our inspector just a couple weeks ago. He and his
co-workers inspect the very large Des Moines Farmer's Market. He said
he doesn't care how the temps are maintained as long as they are. He
has even worked with Amish who want to use ice for their home
refrigerators in order to get a kitchen license.

I don't see how they could enforce non-existing laws. If the law says
they products must be maintained at 43F then that is what they should
be checking - period.

I can't imagine police requiring everyone drive golf carts because
that would "assure" we don't break the speed limit :-)

Boone, IA

On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM, Allan Balliett <allan.balliett at gmail.com> wrote:
> My apologies if this has been discussed recently and I missed it in the
> archives.
> It's that time of year.
> Market started this past Sunday and inspectors from the health department
> came to the market.
> They have taken issue with;
> packaged goat cheese on ice instead of powered fridge
> eggs in cooler with ice instead of powered fridge
> USDA inspected cyrovacced frozen meat in cooler instead of powered freezer
> Our state health laws state that eggs must be stored so that they are not
> above 42 degrees. I know most markets allow coolers and I assume most health
> departments expect the 43 degree temp. Our health department says that only
> a powered fridge will 'assure' that temperature.
> I know some of you have even more repressive health departments.
> I'm just checking reality and seeing how other states (counties, really!)
> handle cheese, frozen meats, and eggs.
> Thanks
> -Allan in WV
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