Bill Creates One Set of Farmers Market Rules

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers markets has been passed by both houses of the General Assembly.

The bill was passed Thursday by the Illinois Senate and is on the way to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

State Sen. David Koehler is one of the bill's sponsors. The Peoria Democrat said in a news release the bill would make it easier for farmers to sell in markets around the state.

Koehler said county health departments currently set their own standards. He believes that can create a web of sometimes conflicting regulations.

The legislation would also require labels identifying where food was grown or produced.

House Bill 5657 

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