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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Board bans sale of home-canned foods

  • The Mercer County Board unanimously passed the Cottage Food Operation ordinance at its March 6 board meeting. The ordinance prohibits the sale of home-canned and/or home bottled food items in the county. Carla Ewing directory of the Mercer County Health Department, presented the ordinance to the board. Ewing...
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  • The Mercer County Board unanimously passed the Cottage Food Operation ordinance at its March 6 board meeting. The ordinance prohibits the sale of home-canned and/or home bottled food items in the county. Carla Ewing directory of the Mercer County Health Department, presented the ordinance to the board.
    Ewing said the department banned the sale of jams and jellies at the Rhubarb Fest in 2011.
    Residents won't be able to sell items they canned at home in their kitchens any more. The items must be made in a commercial kitchen that is approved at the state level.
    There is a new collection siege for old paint and electronic items in the city of Aledo. The site has been moved from City Hall to the corner of 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue where the old water tower stood. It may be more recognizable as the building with the new patriotic mural next to the Mercer County VFW.
    Chad Braatz, the solid waste coordinator for the Tri-County Regional Council, said so far 1100 pounds of paint from 26 households and 6,185 pounds of electronics from 87 households have been collected this year.
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