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Committee approves bill that would cut government red tape for beekeepers

NEW JERSEY – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would exempt raw, unprocessed honey from Department of Health cottage food regulations was approved Thursday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“For far too long, beekeepers have been subject to unnecessary government red tape that prevents them from easily distributing fresh, unprocessed honey,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will exempt raw honey from these needless Department of Health regulations so that beekeepers and farmers can get their product to the public in an efficient manner.”

Under Oroho’s bill, S-2697, honey that is raw and has not been processed, infused, or pasteurized will not be considered a “cottage food product” and will therefore be exempt from Department of Health food regulations.

Under current law, cottage food product means non-TCS food that a cottage food operator prepares. A non-TCS food does not need time and temperature controls to remain safe for consumption.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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