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Question about lime leaves in Maine

Dave MP | | Feb 11, 2008 07:02 PM

I got this email from my friend who lives in Portland, Maine. Does anyone know what this might be about?

"On Monday I went to my favorite Asian market and bought some lime leaves for curry. The owner was working the counter, and said to me "soon we're not going to be able to get these". Apparently there's some new regulation and their supplier can no longer sell lime leaves, even though they're grown in the US. And the market owner had to sign something about not selling them....there's now a $2,000 fine per ounce, and he was threatened with his market being closed and being sent to jail. What's going on? have you heard anything about this? He was really really upset. He was like "Those Assholes.....sorry to say that...but, it's our FOOD! Can you imagine if they told you you couldn't buy celery?" To which I responded that I was much more upset about lime leaves than I would be about celery. How do I even figure out what's going on with lime leaf regulations?"

Thanks in advance,

Dave MP

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