Maine Revised Statutes

§215. Standards

1. Quality standards to be established.  Quality standards for meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fresh fruits and vegetables shall be established in writing and copies of these standards shall be made available to all Maine food producers and brokers and wholesalers who are interested in selling food to institutions and schools in Maine.
[ 1983, c. 608, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Coordination of development of quality standards.  The Bureau of Purchases will coordinate the development of quality standards with state institutions and the Department of Education. The coordinator will collaborate with the State Purchasing Agent in assisting state and school purchasers in formulating consistent, although not necessarily uniform, quality standards. In the event there are differences of opinion about the quality of foodstuffs supplied institutions or schools, final authority for resolution rests with the State Purchasing Agent.
[ 1989, c. 700, Pt. A, §31 (AMD) .]
3. Certification of food of Maine origin.  Food brokers and wholesalers or any person who sells directly to the state institutions and schools of Maine shall certify to purchasing agents that shipments of food intended to be of Maine origin are produced or harvested by Maine food producers.
[ 1983, c. 608, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Split shipments of food.  In the event that foodstuffs of Maine origin are not available in sufficient quantities to meet demand, food brokers and wholesalers or any person selling directly to the state institutions or schools may supply split shipments of food, mixing food items of Maine origin with the same food items from outside Maine, provided the consolidated order is of comparable quality and the broker specifies the percentage of the mixed shipment that is of Maine origin.
[ 1983, c. 608, §2 (NEW) .]
1983, c. 608, §2 (NEW). 1989, c. 700, §A31 (AMD).