BILL NO A01843
SAME AS No Same as
COSPNSR Steck, Clark, Hooper, Abinanti, Montesano, Tenney
MLTSPNSR Lupinacci, Perry, Rivera, Schimel
Add S96-z-30, Ag & Mkts L
Requires poultry products treated with antibiotics containing arsenic to bear a
label so indicating.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1843
SPONSOR: Gunther (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to requiring poultry products treated with antibiotics contain-
ing arsenic to bear a label so indicating
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides that no poultry or poultry
product for human consumption which has received food treated with anti-
biotics containing arsenic, shall be sold, exposed for sale, exchanged
or transported within the state unless the same shall bear a label indi-
cating such product was "fed with antibiotics containing arsenic."
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1- Amends the agriculture and
markets law by adding a new section 95-z-30.
Section 2- This act shall take effect 120 days after it shall have
JUSTIFICATION: Some chicken feed is treated with the antibiotic Roxar-
sone which contains arsenic. Some companies producing poultry have
stopped using this feed but too many have not. A recent study found
poultry available in supermarkets contains three times more arsenic than
The FDA set arsenic limits in poultry nearly 60 years ago when consump-
tion was a fraction of what it is today and there was far less under-
standing of arsenic's toxicity. Today the US Department of Agriculture
tests relatively few broiler chickens for arsenic.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: A1486 referred to Agriculture
2011-12: A6989 referred to Agriculture
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the one hundred twentieth day after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 13, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER, STECK, CLARK, HOOPER, CAMARA, ABINANTI,
MONTESANO, TENNEY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. LUPINACCI, PERRY,
RIVERA, SCHIMEL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agricul-
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir-
ing poultry products treated with antibiotics containing arsenic to
bear a label so indicating
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
2 section 96-z-30 to read as follows:
3 § 96-z-30. Arsenic labeling. No poultry or poultry product for human
4 consumption which has received food treated with antibiotics containing
5 arsenic, shall be sold, exposed for sale, exchanged or transported with-
6 in the state unless the same shall bear a label indicating such product
7 was "fed with antibiotics containing arsenic".
8 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
9 it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
10 ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
11 tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or
12 before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.