Farmers' market safety standard legislation passes Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Both houses of the General Assembly have passed legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers' markets.  The measure would also require labels identifying where food was grown or produced.

In a news release one of the bill's sponsors, state Senator David Koehler, said the bill would make it easier for farmers to sell in markets around the state.  Koehler also said county health departments currently set their own standards, and that he believes that can create a web of sometimes conflicting regulations.

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