BILL NO A07062
SAME AS SAME AS S02673
Amd S16, Ag & Mkts L
Gives the commissioner of agriculture and markets the power to establish a
federal food safety compliance assistance program to support farmers in
complying with federal food safety rules.
BILL NO A07062
04/23/2015 referred to agriculture
06/09/2015 reported referred to ways and means
06/10/2015 reported referred to rules
06/15/2015 rules report cal.374
06/15/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.374
06/16/2015 substituted by s2673
S02673 AMEND= RITCHIE
01/27/2015 REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
05/05/2015 REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
06/02/2015 1ST REPORT CAL.1267
06/03/2015 2ND REPORT CAL.
06/08/2015 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
06/10/2015 PASSED SENATE
06/10/2015 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
06/10/2015 referred to ways and means
06/16/2015 substituted for a7062
06/16/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.374
06/16/2015 passed assembly
06/16/2015 returned to senate
08/03/2015 DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
08/13/2015 VETOED MEMO.195
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to federal food safety compliance assistance
This bill establishes a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program in New
York State to assist farmers in complying with changes in federal food
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Section 16 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by
adding a new Subdivision 45. This subdivision authorizes the
Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish a Federal Food
Safety Compliance Assistance Program to support farmers in complying
with federal food safety rules. It will also identify sources of
funding to help farmers pay for capital projects that are required to
comply with federal food safety rules.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
In 2010, the federal government enacted the Food Safety Modernization
Act (FSMA). This act was the most significant update of federal food
safety laws since 1938. The FSMA provides the federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) with broad powers to regulate the way foods are
grown, harvested, and processed. This has resulted in additional
rulemaking, the proliferation of numerous guidance documents, and an
abundance of new standards.
Many farmers, especially those with small family farms, are concerned
about the costs and complexities associated with complying with the
federal FSMA. It is anticipated that some farms will need to modify
their practices and infrastructure in order to comply with the new
regulations. By establishing a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program,
this legislation offers a coordinated approach to assisting farmers'
compliance with federal food safety rules. The program provides a
variety of technical assistance to farmers, including information and
education programs and referrals to help farmers develop or modify
farming, food processing, and manufacturing practices in compliance
with the current federal law. Additionally, the program will use
existing resources to explain the new requirements and identify
funding sources that can be used to help farmers comply with the FSMA.
Farming is an essential component to our state's culture and economy,
and our farmers deserve the support they need to comply with the
national directive. The Food and Safety Compliance Program will
provide the assistance farmers need to meet the requirement of FSMA.
2013-2014: 5.7037 / A.9118
This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
April 23, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to federal
food safety compliance assistance
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows:
3 45. ESTABLISH A FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO
4 SUPPORT FARMERS IN COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES. UNDER SUCH
5 PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT SHALL FORM PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NEW YORK STATE
6 AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS,
7 COOPERATIVE EXTENSION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE
8 SUCH SUPPORT AND SHALL ASSIST SUCH PARTNERS IN SEEKING FEDERAL AND
9 PRIVATE SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. THE PROGRAM SHALL
10 PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
11 INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND REFERRALS TO HELP SUCH FARMERS IN
12 DEVELOPING OR MODIFYING FARMING, FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING PRAC-
13 TICES TO ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY REQUIRE-
14 MENTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSULT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
15 DEVELOPMENT TO IDENTIFY SOURCES OF FUNDING TO ASSIST FARMERS THAT MAY
16 NEED TO INITIATE CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMPLY WITH CHANGES IN FEDERAL FOOD
17 SAFETY RULES.
18 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.