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The Mississippi measure also prohibits local governments from “designati[ng] food as healthy or unhealthy,” offering a key bulwark against further potential government interference in the food choices of the state’s residents.
Critics have mocked the state for passing the law, noting that Mississippi typically ranks near the bottom on U.S. reports on health and well-being. And they did so in a nasty, condescending manner I don’t recall seeing in the case of the Ohio measure or those passed in other states.
The narrow view taken by critics of the anti-Bloomberg bill is that state legislators are hell-bent on making an unhealthy state even less healthy. But I suspect those same critics would cheer two other regulations adopted in recent years in the state— the lifting of sales taxes from farmers markets and passage of a cottage foods law—if they took time to note them.
Mark Twain once defended the catfish as “plenty good enough fish for anybody.”
While Mississippi’s Catfish Marketing Law puts up more red tape for small food entrepreneurs in the state, other recent laws paint the picture of a state exploring ways to loosen regulations for food sellers great and small alike. And that trend is plenty good.