Food Safety News - Maine has officially withdrawn state regulatory control from 20 or more local communities that have passed so-called food sovereignty ordinances. Additional cities and towns have only to adopt such ordinances to fall under the local control act that has been signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. But adoption may be more symbolic than practical as the new law says locally produced food still has to adhere to all applicable state and federal regulations, the Food Safety News article states.
Maine’s new law marks the first time that local governments have been exempted from state food-safety oversight, exempting local food producers in communities with food sovereignty laws from state licensing and inspections of food produced, sold, and consumed locally. It does not extend to food grown or processed for wholesale or retail distribution outside of its community of origin.