Nebraska Revised Statute 81-2,245.01

Chapter 81

81-2,245.01.

Food establishment, defined.

Food establishment shall mean an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, sells, vends, delivers, or otherwise provides food for human consumption. The term does not include:

(1) An establishment or vending machine operation that offers only prepackaged soft drinks, carbonated or noncarbonated; canned or bottled fruit and vegetable juices; prepackaged ice; candy; chewing gum; potato or corn chips; pretzels; cheese puffs and curls; crackers; popped popcorn; nuts and edible seeds; and cookies, cakes, pies, and other pastries, that are not time/temperature control for safety foods;

(2) A produce stand that only offers whole, uncut fresh fruits and vegetables;

(3) A food processing plant;

(4) A salvage operation;

(5) A private home where food is prepared or served for personal use, a small day care in the home, or a hunting lodge, guest ranch, or other operation where no more than ten paying guests eat meals in the home;

(6) A private home or other area where food that is not time/temperature control for safety food is prepared for sale or service at a religious, charitable, or fraternal organization's bake sale or similar function;

(7) A private home or other area where food that is not time/temperature control for safety food is prepared for sale directly to the consumer including, but not limited to, at a farmers market, fair, festival, craft show, or other public event or for pick up at or delivery from such private home or other area, if:

(a) The consumer is informed by a clearly visible notification that the food was prepared in a kitchen that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the regulatory authority and may contain allergens. For sales conducted at a farmers market, fair, festival, craft show, or other public event, such notification shall be at the sale location. For sales conducted for pick up at or delivery from a private home or other area, such notification shall be at such private home or other area, on the producer's web site if one exists, and in any print, radio, television, or Internet advertisement for such sales;

(b) The name and address of the producer is provided to the consumer on the package or container label;

(c) Product delivery is made directly from the producer to the actual customer in a person-to-person transaction or by United States mail or a commercial mail delivery service;

(d) The producer follows any food safety and handling guidelines for sale at a farmers market, fair, festival, craft show, or other public event required by the county, city, or village where the food is sold;

(e) Prior to conducting any food sales, the producer, other than one selling directly to the consumer at a farmers market, has successfully completed (i) a nationally accredited food safety and handling education course that covers topics such as food safety issues, regulations, and techniques to maintain a food-safe environment or (ii) a certified food safety and handling training course offered at a culinary school or as required by a county, city, or village to obtain a food handler permit;

(f) The producer, if using private well water to produce food sold under this subdivision (7), has had such well water tested for contamination by nitrates or bacteria prior to conducting any food production and sales; and

(g) The producer complies with section 81-2,280;

(8) A private home or other area where food is prepared for distribution at a fundraising event for a charitable purpose if the consumer is informed by a clearly visible placard at the serving location that the food was prepared in a kitchen that is not subject to regulation and inspection by the regulatory authority. This subdivision does not apply to a caterer or other establishment providing food for the event if the caterer or establishment receives compensation for providing the food;

(9) The location where food prepared by a caterer is served so long as the caterer only minimally handles the food at the serving location;

(10) Educational institutions, health care facilities, nursing homes, and governmental organizations which are inspected by a state agency or a political subdivision other than the regulatory authority for sanitation in the food preparation areas;

(11) A pharmacy as defined in section 71-425 if the pharmacy only sells prepackaged pharmaceutical, medicinal, or health supplement foods that are not time/temperature control for safety or foods described in subdivision (1) of this section; and

(12) An establishment which is not a commercial food establishment and which sells only commercially packaged foods that are not time/temperature control for safety foods.