The Tennessee Food Freedom Act, effective July 1, 2022, allows Tennessee homemade food businesses to sell their food products directly to consumers within the state. The Act fosters the establishment and growth of small businesses in Tennessee and enhances consumer choice.
Changes to the food manufacturing regulations streamline the regulatory process for foods made at a private residence, as long as the end products do not require temperature control for safety. These measures expand opportunities for homemade food products to be sold at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, roadside stands, and events. Homemade food businesses can now accept orders online and ship within Tennessee.
The University of Tennessee Extension Service has created guidelines about the homemade products that can now be sold to consumers in Tennessee. These guidelines are offered in English and Spanish below: