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San Antonio shopkeeper Rosemary Benitez owns a lingerie store but city officials told her she needed to register for a food permit—all because Benitez sells edible underwear.
"Everything is sold as novelty," said Benitez. "Everything in the box says 'novelty item' only... It's not something you sit down and actually eat. It's more for licking and tasting. Edible? No. It's not going to fill you up."
The permit costs $230 annually and registration also opens the proprietor to periodic health inspections. "Any facility in the city of San Antonio that sells edible substance requires a food establishment permit," said San Antonio's Sanitarian Services Manager, Stephen Barschewski. "One, it's the law. Two, in case there's a recall, we certainly want to know the source."
· City requires lingerie store to get food permit for edible undies [KENS5]