2018 Maryland Code
Health - General
Title 21 - Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics
Subtitle 3 - Food Establishments
Part II - Licensing
§ 21-309.2. Seasonal Farmer's Market producer sampling license.

  • (a) In general. -- A county may establish a seasonal farmer's market producer sampling license to be required for a producer of a farm product to prepare and offer samples of the farm product for human consumption at a farmer's market or at a public festival or event.

  • (b) Scope of license. -- A county seasonal farmer's market producer sampling license established under this section shall:

    • (1) Be valid at all farmer's markets in the county;

    • (2) Be valid at any public festival or event in the county;

    • (3) Be valid for the entire season for which it is issued; and

    • (4) Have a single fee as set by the county.

  • (c) Use of license by licensee. -- A seasonal farmer's market producer sampling licensee shall use the license only to offer samples of a farm product that has been produced by the licensee.

  • (d) Regulations. -- The Department shall adopt regulations that:

    • (1) Establish eligibility for the license;

    • (2) Provide for the authorized uses of the license;

    • (3) Establish standards and approved methods under which sampling shall be conducted;

    • (4) Specify the duration of the season during which the license is valid; and

    • (5) Include other provisions that are necessary to protect public health and control foodborne illnesses.

  • (e) County ordinances. -- A county issuing a seasonal farmer's market producer sampling license shall adopt an ordinance that:

    • (1) Sets the fee for the license;

    • (2) Provides for the enforcement of provisions of law under which the license is issued; and

    • (3) Provides penalties for violations of provisions of law under which the license is issued.

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