[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta 11-15-2018 by Ord. No. 18-177. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is intended to provide Augusta residents unimpeded access to local food and to reduce governmental regulation of local foods to the extent permitted by home rule authority under 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001, the Constitution of Maine, Article VIII, Part Second, and pursuant to 7 M.R.S.A. § 281 et seq.
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the meanings stated below:
- DIRECT PRODUCER-TO-CONSUMER TRANSACTION
- A face-to-face transaction involving food or food products at the site of production of those food or food products.
- FOOD or FOOD PRODUCTS
- Any food or food product intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to, milk or milk products, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products, seafood or seafood products, cider or juice, acidified foods or canned fruits or vegetables.
- STATE AND CITY FOOD LAW
- Any provision of Title 7 or Title 22 of the Maine Revised Statutes, or rules adopted under Title 7 or Title 22 of the Maine Revised Statutes, or provision of the City of Augusta Code that regulates direct producer-to consumer transactions.
Producers and processors of local food intended for direct producer-to-consumer transactions in the City of Augusta shall be exempt from state and City licensure and inspection under state and City food laws. In accordance with Section 284 of the Maine Food Sovereignty Act, the State of Maine and the City of Augusta shall not enforce state and City food laws with respect to direct producer-to-consumer transactions.
Editor's Note: See 7 M.R.S.A. § 284.