A07461 Summary:

BILL NO    A07461 

SAME AS    No Same as 

SPONSOR    Kim

COSPNSR    Braunstein

MLTSPNSR   

Add S214-o, Ag & Mkts L

Requires certain information to be included on labeling of seafood by fish
wholesalers.
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A07461 Actions:

BILL NO    A07461 

05/12/2015 referred to agriculture
01/06/2016 referred to agriculture
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A07461 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07461 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7461
 
SPONSOR: Kim (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to labeling requirements for fish wholesalers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would amend the agriculture and markets law to require that wholesalers of fish and/or seafood may only sell such fish or seafood that is in sealed and clearly labeled containers; and to require the labels to include 1) the identity of the commodity, 2) the weight of the commodity, 3) the name and address of the shipper, packer, or distributor, 4) the state and county of commodity origin, and 5) date of harvest.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one would amend the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 214-o, which would require that any wholesaler of fish and/or seafood may only sell edible or otherwise saleable fish or seafood for consumption purposes in sealed and clearly labeled containers. The labels must include the following: 1) the identity of the commodity, 2) the weight of the commodity, 3) the name and address of the shipper, packer, or distributor, 4) the state and county of commodity origin, and 5) date of harvest. Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: Under the existing federal law, wholesalers of fish/seafood are required to attach labels that provide correct information of the weight, identi- ty and origin of the fish/seafood offered for sale. In addition, federal law requires the label to contain the name and address of the shipper, packer, or distributor of the fish product. While law exists to prevent mislabeling of fish and seafood, media reports and studies indicate that there is widespread non-compliance with existing federal statutes in labeling fish products. Various inci- dents have been reported at wholesale markets where wholesalers remove the original label affixed on fish containers only to replace them with a new label or handwritten note that provides inaccurate counts and net weighs (short-weight), and misidentifies the name and origin of fish. These instances result in retailers receiving less for their money, costing legitimate business sales, and reducing confidence in the seafood product purchased by both retailers and consumers. This bill proposes to address the problem of weight deception, species substitution and improper labeling by enacting an explicit requirement that seafood must be accurately labeled at the wholesale level.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill takes effect immediately.
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A07461 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7461
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 12, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. KIM, BRAUNSTEIN -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Agriculture
 
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to labeling
          requirements for fish wholesalers
 
          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 214-o to read as follows:
     3    § 214-o. Labeling requirements for fish wholesalers.   Any  wholesaler
     4  of fish and/or seafood may only sell such fish or seafood that is edible
     5  or  otherwise  saleable  for  consumption  purposes,  in sealed, clearly
     6  labeled containers.   The labels must include the  following:    1.  the
     7  identity  of  the commodity, 2. the weight of the commodity, 3. the name
     8  and address of the shipper, packer, or distributor,  4.  the  state  and
     9  county of commodity origin, and 5. date of harvest.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02239-04-5
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