Maine Revised Statutes

§2591. Purpose

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)
(WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE UPON CONTINGENCY: See PL 2013, c. 436, §2, sub-§1)
(WHOLE SECTION TEXT REPEALED 1/1/18 IF CONTINGENCY NOT MET)

It is the purpose of this chapter to: [2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF).]

1. Public health and food safety.   Promote food safety and protect public health by enabling consumers to avoid the potential risks associated with genetically engineered foods and serve as a risk management tool enabling consumers, physicians and scientists to identify unintended health effects resulting from the consumption of genetically engineered foods;
[ 2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF) .]
2. Environmental impacts.   Assist consumers who are concerned about the potential effects of genetic engineering on the environment to make informed purchasing decisions;
[ 2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF) .]
3. Consumer confusion and inadvertent deception.   Reduce and prevent consumer confusion and inadvertent deception and promote the disclosure of factual information on food labels to allow consumers to make informed decisions;
[ 2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF) .]
4. Promote economic development.   Create additional market opportunities for those producers who are not certified organic producers and whose products are not produced using genetic engineering and enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions; and
[ 2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF) .]
5. Protect religious and cultural practices.   Ensure consumers are provided with data from which they may make informed decisions for personal, religious, moral, cultural or ethical reasons.
[ 2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW); 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2013, c. 436, §1 (NEW). 2013, c. 436, §2 (AFF).