Knitting together at least five New England states to impose labeling requirements on foods with ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) just became more elusive. That’s because in New Hampshire, the House of Representatives has voted down its version of the GMO bill by 185-162. Last year, Connecticut was the first state to adopt a…

Health officials in Maine have traced a case of Hepatitis A back to a community dinner in the town of Durham. Attendees who ate at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse over the weekend of Sept. 28 have been encouraged to receive a vaccine for Hepatitis A if they have not previously been vaccinated. Approximately 100 people…

A 57-year-old employee at an egg farm in Maine was killed Monday by a coworker who was reportedly shooting at rodents and stray chickens, according to the Portland Press Herald. Police are investigating whether the shooter should be charged with criminal negligence. The shooting took place near Turner, Maine, at facilities operated by Moark…

Local farmers filed into the Augusta State Armory in Maine and onto New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College campus in the past couple of days to register their opposition to the produce rule the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is promulgating as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for…

Governors in Maine and Wisconsin are using or threatening to use their big veto pens on bills to liberalize raw milk sales in their states. In Maine, it’s over. Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of “An Act to Help Small Farmers in Selling Raw Milk Products” has been upheld. The Maine Senate voted 17-16 in favor…

Dan Brown, a Maine dairy farmer from an area called Blue Hill, has 21 days to file an appeal of court cases and fines for illegally selling raw milk from his roadside farm stand that was found to be without either labels or licenses. At a penalty hearing, Justice Anne Murray said Brown failed to…

Town and Country Foods of Greene, ME, is recalling about 2,057 pounds of ground and mechanically tenderized beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.

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The company’s own lab testing confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7, according to the …

In a victory for raw-milk farmers, Maine’s Portland City Council has given a unanimous thumbs-up to allow raw-milk sales at the city’s farmers’ markets.

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The City Council also handed the dairy farmers another victory by voting 5 to 4 against an amendment that would have required them to post a placard informing consumers of the…