An Act To Establish a Local Food Producers and Processors to Consumers Pilot Program
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §219 is enacted to read:
§ 219. Local Food Producers and Processors to Consumers Pilot Program
(1) The name and address of the eligible producer or eligible processor;
(2) The local food's ingredients;
(3) The quantity of the local food; and
(4) The following written disclosure: "Not for Resale - Processed and Prepared without State Inspection."
This bill establishes the Local Food Producers and Processors to Consumers Pilot Program. The pilot program exempts local producers and processors in the towns of Blue Hill, Brooksville, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Brooklin, all of which have adopted local food self-governance ordinances, from all state licensure and inspection requirements with respect to the production and processing of local foods for sale directly to consumers. The pilot program is repealed in 2022. Each year the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit a report on the pilot program to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters including any assessment of or comments about the pilot program provided by interested persons, including producers, processors and consumers participating in the pilot program. Upon receipt of the report, the committee may report out a bill relating to the pilot program.