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State To Enforce 'Connecticut Grown' Law At Farmers' Markets

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Jim Levulis

Connecticut agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers' markets is grown in-state.The state Department of Agriculture has announced surprise inspections at farmers' markets to make sure that produce labeled "Connecticut Grown" is really from Connecticut.

The Connecticut Post reports that the inspections come in the wake of a new state law that requires anyone selling what they claim is a native-grown product do so in the "immediate proximity" of a sign that identifies it as Connecticut-grown and discloses the name and address of the person or business that produced it.

Violators get a warning for a first offense and a $100 fine for each subsequent offense. The fine used to be $25.

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