Soon, your child's summertime lemonade stand won't be subject to restrictive food handling laws that govern professional food preparation.
Mary Parrish with the Brazos County Health Department calls potential new law a "step in the right direction."
"We don't go through neighborhoods looking checking kids' lemonade stands for code violations," said Parrish, though she clarified that if the health department received a complaint, they would have to look into it.
However, under new legislation passed by lawmakers and awaiting Gov. Greg Abbott's signature, health departments would no longer have to do even that.
"These new regulations would allow children younger than 18 to sell beverages that don't need to be refrigerated--and of course that aren't alcoholic," Parrish said.
Parrish says this could be a way to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in kids.
While they are pursuing those goals, Parrish has suggestions for how they can practice food safety and develop good habits:
- Wash your hands before you start
- Make sure your cutting board, knife, and other kitchen utensils are clean
- Always have an adult slice the lemons for you (it makes them feel important)
- Sell your lemonade in single-use paper cups
- Keep your lemonade nice and cold
- Clean up afterward
For the full conversation, see the video player above.