Metzger bill sets labeling standards for New York-grown food

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jen Metzger and unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday would set standards for which food and drinks can be touted as locally made to appeal to consumers who want to support New York growers and food businesses.

The legislation, which originated in the Assembly a year ago, would require that food products or their main ingredients be produced in New York in order for sellers to proclaim them as “local” or “locally grown” on their labels or in advertising.

“The local food movement provides a tremendous opportunity for our farmers and food producers, and this legislation helps to ensure that they benefit from it,” Metzger, a Rosendale Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in a press release. “Transparency and accuracy in food labeling enables New Yorkers to choose responsibly and with confidence that when a label reads ‘local,’ it truly means local.”

The same bill is awaiting action in the Assembly.

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