Food fairs have been a source of controversy for many years, and the issue has taken on new urgency after the Supreme Court recently ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can no longer force restaurants to display a disclaimer that says they are not “open to the public.”
The ruling means that fairs will be free to open without any restriction.
In some cases, fairs that are open to the general public will be allowed to remain open, but others will be required to close, or the business will be subject to an injunction.
Fairs that require a license to open will be regulated by the state and will be barred from accepting money from anyone outside of a licensed business.
Fairgoers will be able to purchase food or beverages at a fair without having to go through a registration process.
The FDA, however, says it will not be allowed “to impose burdensome regulations that require the imposition of registration fees, licensing requirements, or other regulatory requirements on the fair or its vendors or employees.”
The ruling could affect fairs in several states, including Pennsylvania, where Fair Food Association of Pennsylvania president and CEO Brian Smith told CNNMoney that the FDA is trying to “foster the illusion that fair food is free.”
Smith added that the fairs could also be forced to close if their vendors don’t comply with a “fairness policy” that is in effect at all times.
The policy requires the fair to serve all food and beverages.
But some food and beverage vendors say they are willing to comply with the FDA’s request, and they will be exempt from the requirements.
The Pennsylvania Fair Food Act says vendors must comply with any and all fair rules and regulations “at all times.”
Food and beverage retailers and vendors are already free to sell to people without a license or permit, and fairgoers will still be able buy food and drinks.
The Food and Beverage Act, however.
allows the fair owner to decide what to display.
If the fair does not have a policy, the owner may allow food and drink to be displayed on the premises and may require vendors to sell only to customers who have a valid license or the use of a valid government-issued ID.
The rule also allows the owner to allow food or drink to “be displayed and served by any person without a valid or government-approved ID.”
In a statement, Fair Food and Wine Federation executive director Bill D. Harris said, “The Food and Liquor Commission is attempting to use the threat of government regulation to shut down fairs nationwide.”
In Texas, where the Fair Food Fair Act was passed, a group of food sellers filed a lawsuit that says the FDA has no authority to force them to display the disclaimer.
In the lawsuit, they argue that the Fair Fair Act is “not clear that the Federal Government has any authority to prohibit food service establishments from serving food that is not open to public consumption.”
Harris said that if the FDA doesn’t like the way fairs are being operated, it should stop interfering with them.
The Fair Food law allows food vendors to advertise that they are open for business and to sell food and other items.
They also can open to customers without a government-required ID, and their food service must comply “with fair standards of nutrition, sanitation, and health.”