Tennessee Food Freedom Act
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.
Please review the Tennessee Food Freedom Act resources below. If you have questions, email the Consumer and Industry Services Food Safety Section at NewFood.Business@tn.gov or call 615-837-5193.
- Tennessee Food Freedom Act, TDA Guidance
- Tennessee Food Freedom Act, Public Chapter No. 862
- Tennessee Food Freedom Act, Center For Profitable Agriculture Webinar
- Tennessee Food Freedom Act, University of Tennessee Food Science Slides
- Center for Profitable Agriculture, Business Regulations and Risk Management Slides
- Tennessee Food Freedom Act, UT Extension Guidance Document