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Gov. signs bill about maple syrup and honey production

The state Department of Agriculture will retain the regulation of maple syrup and honey production.  The bill signed by the Governor this week was cosponsored by New Milford Senator Craig Miner.  The bill removes maple syrup and honey products from cottage foods industry and results in a General Fund revenue loss of $200 per year.  Currently, there are four maple syrup and honey producers that pay a licensing fee of $50 per year.  This bill also transfers enforcement of maple syrup and honey labeling from the Department of Consumer Protection to the Department of Agriculture.  The agency will continue to levy fines similar to current practice in DCP, resulting in no change in revenue from these fines.

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