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March 10, 2007

Homemade harmful?

They love the stuff so much it hardly has a chance to sit on the shelves.

Maybe that's why no one seems to get ill from eating it.

Mary Slabaugh, an Ohio Amish baker whose story was mentioned last month in Amish America, is in the news again, this time in Ohio's Coshocton Tribune.

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Officials are trying to deal with the challenge that results when you mix a longstanding tradition of selling home-baked goods, consumers who can't get enough of them, and food safety laws that may make it illegal to sell the treats. 

"We're not going to go in and close any of these places down," said the local health director in the Tribune story.  "We try to help people first. That's why we're trying to do everything we can to educate the Amish."

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