The North Dakota Department of Health is planning to host three public hearings on proposed rules governing a new state law that permits businesses to sell homemade food products.
Last year, the North Dakota Legislature passed the Cottage Foods Act, which went into effect on Aug. 1. The law allows for the sale of homemade products — also known as cottage food products — such as baked goods, jams, jellies and pickles. It does not require the products be inspected.
The Department of Health is seeking public input on its proposed rules for the new law.
Two public hearings will be held on March 22, one from 9 to 11 a.m. at the state Capitol and the other in Dickinson. A third hearing will be held March 23 at Fargo Cass Public Health.
Written comments may be submitted through April 4 and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Division of Food and Lodging, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 301, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0200.
For more information on the proposed rules and public hearings, visit www.ndhealth.gov/foodlodging/.