PA 15-245—sSB 348

Environment Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS AS "CONNECTICUT-GROWN"

SUMMARY: This act requires anyone selling a claimed Connecticut-grown farm product at a farmers' market to do so in the “immediate proximity” of a sign that (1) identifies it as Connecticut-grown and (2) discloses the name and address of the person or business that grew or produced it. Violators receive a warning for a first violation and a $100 fine for each subsequent violation.

The act also increases, from $25 to $100, the fine for violating the Connecticut-Grown law. Under the law, only products grown or produced in Connecticut may be advertised or sold as Connecticut-grown. Products grown or produced in Connecticut or within a 10-mile radius of the point of sale may be labeled as native, native grown, local, or locally grown. Upon request of the agriculture commissioner or his designee, the person who sold the product must provide written proof of the veracity of these claims within 10 days after the sale.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

CONNECTICUT-GROWN SIGN

Under the act, the Connecticut-Grown sign at a farmers' market must:

1. be readily visible to consumers;

2. be at least three by five inches in size;

3. have lettering in a size, font, or print clearly and easily legible; and

4. state something substantially similar to “THIS FARM PRODUCT IS CONNECTICUT-GROWN. THIS FARM PRODUCT WAS GROWN OR PRODUCED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSON OR BUSINESS: (insert name and address).

OLR Tracking: JKL: DC: PF: cmg