New seal for local produce, seafood

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MA Dept Agricultural Res.

The new "Seal of Commonwealth Quality" (MA Dept Agricultural Resources)

It could soon be easier to figure out just how local that food on your grocery store shelves really is.

State officials are set to unveil a new “Seal of Commonwealth Quality,” a label that will help consumers identify agricultural and seafood products that are produced, harvested and processed in Massachusetts.

Official said the seal will only appear on the products of Massachusetts agribusinesses that agree to maintain high food safety and environmental standards.

The goal is to help provide information to consumers while also promoting Massachusetts agriculture.

The state agricultural commissioner and local agricultural and seafood producers plan to unveil the seal during a press conference Tuesday morning on the Boston Common.

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