Listing Policy: Food & Beverages

 Food & Beverages Policy

MarketStop is happily and adamantly bound to looking out for the health and safety of our members, our planet, and various charities.  Part of that drive is fueled by knowing that we, as a team, can make a difference for the good.  Our food and beverages policy is in place to do just that.  Expiration dates are required on every food item, as well as the merchants’ plans and methods for shipping in order to avoid spoilage.  These actions are key to a successful transaction from purchase to delivery, and expected to be shown in photos and detailed in the listing description.

Follow all federal and state laws:

  • Ingredients:  Federal and state laws require food labels to state the product’s ingredients, nutrition information, and origin of manufacture
  • Food licenses:  Almost all states necessitate food manufacturers and vendors to register with, or obtain a license from, the state in which they reside.

Organic Products

Products that assert to be organic, proclaim to consist of organic ingredients, or display the USDA organic seal must observe the USDA organic regulations noted at 7 CFR Part 205.  Merchants are responsible for accepting and abiding by all requirements of the organic regulations.  Please see Organic Products for more information concerning organics.

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Properly prepared and secured foods and beverages that are correctly packaged and identified.  Products must be shipped in an appropriate manner to protect the quality and protection of the food in order to avoid spoilage, melting of frozen or heat-perishable items, and other damage.  All food packaging must include:
    • Expiration date
    • Product name and packaging company along with the company’s address
    • Net weight and quantity, if more than one
  • Products with a shelf-life of greater than 90 days.
    • Perishable food products must be withdrawn from inventory 30 days prior to the expiration date.
  • Wild morel and shiitake mushrooms

 Conditional Allowances Model

  • Baby formula is a specific item that requires special language in the listing.  Please copy and paste the following into every listing of baby formula and fill in the date with the actual date of expiration:  “This baby formula is not expired – its expiration date is [mm/dd/yyyy]”
  • Food item must be safely stored prior to shipping and delivered to the buyer before expiration
  • Expiration date must not be tampered with or altered in any manner
  • Cheese made with unpasteurized milk, but it must meet all FDA protocol
  • Perishable items with the following stipulations in place:
    • Safe storage
    • Packaging, container, and contents are intact and have not been altered in any way
    • Must be delivered before expiration or “use by” date
    • Must be sent via overnight shipping
  • Packaging must be completed in such a way that the consumer would be able to detect if it has been altered or tampered with
  • Merchant must be sure product is sealed properly
  • Merchant must provide written shipping details in the listing
  • Sturgeon caviar may not be shipped outside the United States

 Prohibited Listings Model

  • Goat’s milk or unregistered baby formula
  • Products containing any meat imported from overseas, especially China
  • Betel nut products or products containing betel nut flavoring
  • Imported Kaffir Lime leaves; domestically grown are permitted
  • Expired baby formula
  • Any expired food items
  • Listings with drug claims
  • Unpasteurized dairy products (see Conditional Allowances)
  • Non-heat pasteurized fruit and vegetable juices
  • Listings with wild claims about intended uses of analysis, treatment, cure, and/or prevention of human or animal diseases
  • Ackee fruit
  • MREs three years beyond expiration
  • Food subject to FDA recall
  • Wild mushrooms
  • All government assistance benefits:
    • WIC
    • SNAP
    • EBT
    • Any and all other food stamp programs
  • Cash-value vouchers
  • Food checks and some coupons (please see coupon conditions here)

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What is the reason for this MarketStop policy?

MarketStop wants its merchants and consumers to be aware of high levels of regulation where food and beverages are concerned.  Please be sure to research and follow all relevant and applicable laws, federal or state.

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