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Legislation Would Require “Maine Raised” Meat And Poultry To Be Exactly That

March 18, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Consumers in Maine hoping to support the state’s poultry and cattle farmers are being misled by meat labeled “Maine Raised,” a phrase that suggests that food animals were raised and slaughtered locally. It is legal in the state for businesses to import animals from other states, slaughter them, and sell the meat as “Maine Raised,” usually at prices lower than actual Maine-raised meats. But a bill introduced by a legislator who happens to own an organic vegetable farm would require livestock such as beef, pork, or lamb be born and raised solely in the state. Poultry must be raised in the state from no later than seven days after hatching before it could be labeled and advertised as Maine raised. The legislation was well supported during recent hearings, and could soon make its way out of committee for a vote in the state House and Senate.[Image Credit: © Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay]
Julia Bayly, "Why 'Maine Raised' meat may not mean what you think it does", Bangor Daily News (Maine), March 18, 2019, © Bangor Publishing Co.
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