The Pickle Bill

According to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website, “A Wisconsin law – sometimes called the “pickle bill” – allows limited sales of home-canned foods without a license. Previously you needed to register with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for these sales, but that is no longer necessary.”

Canned Products You May Sell Without a License

  • Fruits and vegetables that are either:
    • Naturally acidic, or
    • Acidified by pickling or fermenting
  • The products must have an equilibrium pH of 4.6 or lower. This is a measure of acidity. The lower the pH value, the more acidic the food.
  • Examples of products allowed if they meet the pH requirement:
    • Pickled fruits and vegetables (not refrigerator pickles)
    • Sauerkraut
    • Salsas
    • Chutneys
    • Jams and jellies
    • Applesauce

Sales Permitted

  • No more than $5,000 in sales per year
  • Retail only (direct from producer to consumer)
  • Only at community or social events, such as bazaars, or at farmers’ markets

Click on Link to fill out and print Pickle Bill Form:

http://www.colfaxtestinglabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Wisconsin-Pickle-Bill-Form.pdf