Connecticut’s Vinegar Law

I don’t know what problem the legislature was trying to solve when it passed this law in 1949:

No person shall make and sell, or make and offer for sale, any vinegar without conspicuously branding, stenciling or painting, upon the head of the barrel, cask, keg or package containing the same, the name of the maker, his residence, the place of manufacture and the true name of the kind of vinegar contained therein as “cider vinegar”, “wine vinegar”, “malt vinegar” or “wood acid vinegar”… Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 21a-26

The penalty for a violation of this section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars for the first offense and for each subsequent offense not more than one hundred dollars.

Presumably this law requires the home residence of the vinegar maker to appear on vinegar labels. I wonder if anyone has been fined for a violation of this statute in the past 50 years?

File this under answers to questions that you weren’t asking.

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