The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has proposed a new set of rules and regulations for folks who sell things like baked goods at places like farmer's markets.
In a nutshell, the Department would start treating home-based goody-bakers (called "cottage food establishments") more like restaurants. The goal is to increase food safety, but at least one local vendor is afraid the new requirements would force most cooks to stop baking.
Are the regulations too burdensome? Check them out for yourself:
The changes would apply to two sections of law: the Wyoming Food, Drug & Cosmetic Safety Act (those proposed changes can be found in this PDF) and Wyoming's Food Safety Rules (that proposal can be found in this PDF). If that's too confusing, the PDFs can also be found on this page.
For those interested in the issue or interested in commenting, there'll be a public meeting in the Barling Room of the Park County Courthouse this Wednesday (the 16th) from 7 to 9 p.m. You can speak your piece there, or you can send your comments via email to Dean Finkenbinder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do have thoughts, now's the time to say so: the public comment period closes this Friday (July 18th).