[Discuss] Open Source Sausage?

David A. Mellis dam at mellis.org
Sun Oct 6 17:50:38 UTC 2013


I think these regulatory issues are crucial for open-source hardware, and
learned a lot from your talk at the summit. I'm happy to add links or other
content on the OSHWA site on these topics. Suggestions welcome.


On Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM, J. Simmons <jrs at mach30.org> wrote:

> I just got forwarded these links about a KickStarter to fund a set of open
> source policies and procedures for following USDA guidelines when creating
> cured meats.
> http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/npr-hows-the-sausage-made-these-folks-really-want-to-share-the-knowledge/
> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/undergroundmeats/underground-meats-open-source-food-safety-model
> As a firm believer that OSHW includes anything we physically make (from
> electronics to tractors to tables to rockets), I love the idea of open
> sourcing even just part of the process for food that is currently very
> proprietary (and it sounds like they will be sharing their recipes and meat
> processing procedures as well).
> And, I am reminded that as OSHW grows as a movement we will see more and
> more need to address regulatory issues like this.  So far this year, this
> is the third regulatory hurdle I have seen in open source arenas, including
> 1) Mach 30's own work on Export Controls (http://mach30.org/ectf/)
> 2) LightUp's (http://www.lightup.io/) work to meet toy safety standards
> for their products
> and of course
> 3) Underground Meats' work on an open source HACCP
> Is anyone else facing these kind of regulatory issues or know of someone
> who is?  Do folks think there is a way we could pool our resources to work
> on how the OSHW movement can efficiently and effectively address regulatory
> issues?
>  -J
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