"It puts us in a precarious position because we don't care for regulations, but this we feel goes a little too far," said Rob Johnson, executive director of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation, at committee hearing on HB 1688.
All it would take is for a "Made in New Hampshire"-labeled product to be contaminated and make someone sick to damage the reputation of all food made in the state, Johnson told NHBR in a story that appeared online.
"What if there's a problem, like an E. coli issue? In the whole big global picture people would say, 'That's the state that didn't adopt full federal regulations.'"
Likewise, Trish Ballantyne, executive director of New Hampshire Made -- which promotes and markets products made in the state -- said the New Hampshire brand might actually be collateral damage in the war against regulation.
"That brand stands for not only authentic local product, but it means quality, and we’re concerned that in their desire to deregulate New Hampshire products, by labeling them ‘Made in New Hampshire,’ it’s going to cause a great deal of confusion."
Added Ballantyne: "I understand where they’re coming from -- I just don’t think its even what the producers want. I think that it’s very important, especially with food and any consumables, that we don’t need to be regulated to death, but I think to have certain things in place makes a lot of sense."
Ray Wieczorek: The longtime District 4 Republican executive councilor says he'll retire after this term, ending more than two decades in Manchester and New Hampshire politics.
Phyllis Woods: The ex-state rep from Dover says one term as a Republican National Committeewoman is enough.
Maggie Hassan: The former Democratic senator from Exeter unveils a turnkey campaign staff for her run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Julie Brown: The Republican rep from Rochester is voted 2011 RINO Of The Year on the right-wing website
GraniteGrok.com after being spotted with a "Tea Parties are for Little Girls and Their Imaginary Friends" bumper sticker on her car.
Bob Tewksbury: The Concord resident and former Major League Baseball pitcher signs on with Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, a group calling on state legislators to keep same-sex marriage legal.
It's been making the rounds...
• The real tragedy of Rick Perry's now-defunct campaign for president is that Molly Ivins didn't live to see it.
• Go the head of the class if you knew that the very minute Mitt Romney insisted for the final time -- back in December -- that he wasn't going to release his tax returns it was only a matter of time before he did.
• Now that House Speaker Bill O'Brien and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt are disputing Rep. Susan Emerson's recount of an alleged incident of bullying by the speaker, it does raise a question of why they waited so long to respond.
• So when does the Legislature vote to hike the poorly performing tobacco tax by the dime it cut last year?
• It seemed like the tweet about "The Wiz" calling it quits after five terms on the Executive Council was still warm when Republicans from all over District 4 started coming out of the woodwork to state their intentions to succeed him.