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Maine House to Vote on An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry

Contact your representative and request support for LD 351

May 31, 2019

The Maine House will soon vote on LD 351, titled An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry. This legislation would require that meat represented as "Maine-raised" or similarly labeled be from animals born and raised in the state.

Contact your representative and request support for LD 351

MOFGA supports this bill. Here's why:

  • It is important for fairness in the market that products from animals born and raised in Maine do not compete with products that are labeled as being produced in Maine when, in reality, these products come from animals born and raised out of state and spend only a brief period of their lives on Maine farms.
  • Some current marketing and labeling practices deceive consumers and create an unfair advantage for meat produced out of state but sold as Maine-produced.

MOFGA's 122 certified organic livestock and poultry farmers, in addition to many other Maine-based livestock and poultry farmers, make considerable financial and labor investments yearly to produce meat products to satisfy the growing demand for Maine-raised meats.

LD 351 offers a great opportunity to support these local farms by ensuring fair and accurate labeling in the marketplace.

What's Next

We expect the House to vote on this legislation in the coming weeks, and possibly as soon as Tuesday, June 4.  Please contact your representative to show support for LD 351.

Phone calls are best. Email messages are great too.

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MOFGA monitors bills and related public hearings at the Legislature, and follows discussions and rulemaking developments at the Board of Pesticides Control. We post position statements and action alerts accordingly.

What you can do about bills in the Legislature:

Attend a public hearing and testify as an individual.

If your senator or representative serves on the committee hearing the bill, contact her or him directly.

Contact each committee member directly.

If the bill goes to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote, contact your legislators.

To find contact information for your legislators, and to track a particular bill, go to www.maine.gov/legis/. Type in the bill LD# in the upper right of the screen. Click on "committee info" to find out the bill’s status.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jo Ann Myers, MOFGA Public Policy Chair at yupik@midcoast.com.