Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2157, sub-§15 is enacted to read:
Amend the bill by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.
This amendment, which is the minority report, replaces the bill. It provides that poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products labeled or advertised as Maine-raised or by a similar designation are considered misbranded if offered for sale, sold or distributed within the State unless the poultry or animals were raised in Maine. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may grant a waiver of the determination that such poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products are misbranded upon consideration of economic factors, including, but not limited to, the proximity of processing facilities to the in-state poultry producer or meat producer and the availability of poultry processing facilities or meat processing facilities in the State.
The amendment provides that "raised in Maine" includes:
1. Poultry raised solely in the State from no later than the 7th day after hatching and processed solely in the State;
2. Cattle raised for at least 150 days in the State and processed solely in the State; and
3. Swine raised for at least 100 days in the State and processed solely in the State.
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