An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA c. 565 is enacted to read:
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PRODUCTS
§ 2591. Purpose
It is the purpose of this chapter to:
§ 2592. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 2593. Disclosure requirements for genetically engineered food
(1) Grows, raises or otherwise produces that food without knowledge that the food was created from other seed or other food that was genetically engineered; and
(2) Obtains a sworn statement from the person from whom the food was obtained that the food was not knowingly genetically engineered and was segregated from and not knowingly commingled with a food component that may have been genetically engineered;
§ 2594. Third-party protection
§ 2595. Enforcement
§ 2596. Affidavit
The commissioner shall develop an affidavit form that may be provided by a producer or grower of food to distributors and retailers and that may be included in shipments of food within the State certifying that the food being sold or shipped is not subject to the disclosure requirements of this chapter.
Sec. 2. Effective date; repeal.
1. Effective date. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry shall monitor legislative activities in other states and certify to the Secretary of State and the Revisor of Statutes when legislation requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food has been adopted by at least 5 contiguous states including Maine. The commissioner shall notify the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture, conservation and forestry matters when certification is made. That section of this Act that enacts the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 565 takes effect 30 days after the date of the commissioner's certification.
2. Repeal. If no certification has been made by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry under subsection 1 before January 1, 2018, this Act is repealed on that date.