Bill Filed In TN Legislature For More Transparency On Food Labels About “Vaccine Materials”

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –

Whether to combat current farming and ranching practices within the state of Tennessee, or to serve as a preventative measure against the possible rise of “edible vaccines”, a new piece of legislation has been filed by Rep. Scott Cepicky (R-Culleoka-District 64).

As the Tennessee General Assembly dives into its 113th legislative session, a variety of bills continue to fill the legislature’s roster. 

One such piece of legislation aims to prevent the sale of “edible vaccines”, or vaccine infused consumable products if there is a lack of transparency regarding “vaccine materials.”


According to the Tennessee General Assembly, House Bill 0032 (HB0032) would amend TCA Title 47, Chapter 18 and Title 53, providing an addition to the list of prohibited acts constituting Class C misdemeanors. 

The corresponding Senate Bill, SB0088, is sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald-District 28).

This legislation would prohibit “the manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding, or offering for sale of a food that contains a vaccine or vaccine material unless the food labeling contains a conspicuous notification of the presence of the vaccine or vaccine material in the food.”

These “vaccine materials” are defined in the bill summary as “a substance intended for use in humans to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against disease, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease, that is authorized or approved by the United States food and drug administration.”


Although reading food product labels will likely still require a few Google searches from the average consumer, this proposed legislation does bring attention to an issue that many Tennessee residents may not previously have been aware of. 

Rep. Cepicky has previously been criticized for efforts taken alongside Sen. Mark Pody, Sen. Janice Bowling, and Sen. Ed Jackson, to dismantle the TN Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine outreach. While the state’s former top vaccine official, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, was being held accountable for vaccine outreach directed towards minors during the summer of 2021, Rep. Cepicky joined fellow legislators in an effort to combat what was happening. The legislature eventually settled on the firing of Dr. Michelle Fiscus, subsequently shutting down the state’s vaccine outreach towards minors.

All this considered, HB0032 and its corresponding Senate Bill seem to fall right in line with Rep. Cepicky’s past efforts to allow Tennesseans transparency and freedom-based decision making when it comes to what is going into their bodies. 

The current draft of this bill states that the legislation would take effect immediately upon becoming law, “the public welfare requiring it.”

As of January 10th, 2023, this bill has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. Following a second reading, the legislation will be referred to the proper committee to undergo further investigation and discussion.

Whether or not enough support can be garnered from the legislature to pass this legislation remains unclear at this time.

About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee.

2 thoughts on “Bill Filed In TN Legislature For More Transparency On Food Labels About “Vaccine Materials”

  • January 16, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    I hope it passes! Our food supply is bad enough on its own without sneaking dangerous pharmaceuticals into it.


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