An Act Regarding the Regulation of Rabbit Production for Local Consumption
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2511, sub-§40-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §2512, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 354, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2514-A, sub-§1, ¶C, as amended by PL 2015, c. 329, Pt. A, §8, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §2514-A, sub-§1, ¶C-1 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §2517-E is enacted to read:
§ 2517-E. Slaughter and inspection; producer exemption for rabbits
(1) The name of the farm, the name of the rabbit producer and the address of the farm including the zip code;
(2) The registration number issued to the rabbit producer in accordance with section 2514-A and the lot number for the rabbit products pursuant to paragraph E;
(3) The statement "Exempt under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2517-E NOT INSPECTED." The statement must be prominently displayed with such conspicuousness that it is likely to be read and understood; and
(4) Safe handling and cooking instructions as follows: "SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave. Keep raw rabbit meat separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces, including cutting boards, utensils and hands, after touching raw rabbit meat. Cook thoroughly to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit maintained for at least 15 seconds. Keep hot foods hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard."
Sec. 6. 22 MRSA §2518, sub-§1, as repealed and replaced by PL 2015, c. 329, Pt. A, §11, is amended to read:
This bill permits a rabbit producer to sell whole rabbit carcasses without inspection at the farm on which the rabbits were raised, at farmers' markets, by delivery to consumers' homes, to members of community supported agriculture farms with which the rabbit producer has a direct marketing relationship, to locally owned grocery stores and to locally owned restaurants as long as the rabbit producer slaughters fewer than 1,000 rabbits annually and the rabbit producer is registered.