Shades of Love in San Antonio, Texas, sells lingerie, high heel shoes, adult toys and items meant to enhance a couple’s sex life. However, some of those items are edible. That’s why the health department ruled the store needed a food permit.
The permit costs about $230 a year. It also means the store is subject to regular health inspections.
Owner Rosemary Benitez said,
"Everything is sold as novelty. 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."
San Antonio’s Sanitarian Services Manager, Stephen Barschewski, said,
Any facility in the city of San Antonio that sells edible substance requires a food establishment permit. One, it’s the law. Two, in case there’s a recall, we certainly want to know the source."