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A08220 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
COSPNSRJaffee, Abbate, Brindisi, Cahill, Clark, Colton, Cusick, Cymbrowitz, Dinowitz, Englebright, Lavine, Magnarelli, Markey, Millman, Morelle, Peoples-Stokes, Roberts, Rosenthal, Scarborough, Schimel, Sepulveda, Thiele, Titone, Zebrowski, Hennessey, Lifton, Barrett, Perry
MLTSPNSRAbinanti, Braunstein, Buchwald, Farrell, Glick, Gottfried, Hevesi, Jacobs, Lentol, Magee, McDonald, Miller, Mosley, Moya, Nolan, Otis, Robinson, Rodriguez, Russell, Simotas, Sweeney, Weinstein, Weisenberg
Add S23-a, Ag & Mkts L
Relates to inspections of certain retail or wholesale entities involved in the handling of food.
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A08220 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8220            REVISED MEMO 01/17/14
SPONSOR: Silver (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to certain inspections   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Would require the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to post on its website or another State website information about food safety and consumer protection violations by food businesses.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Would amend the Agriculture and Markets Law to add a new section 23-a requiring the internet posting of any violation, for the most recent three years for which data is available, resulting from an inspection conducted by the Department, of retail or wholesale entities involved in handling food including, but not limited to, retail food stores, food warehouses, food manufacturers and food processors. The information required must include at a minimum the following: 1. the name and business address of the violator including the name of the business and address of the premises where the violation took place if different; 2. for a manufacturer or processor, the brand names of products produced, manufactured, or processed at the premises where the violation or violations occurred, provided however, if the department determines that any products were not affected by such violations the name of such products need not be listed; 3. the date of inspection of the premises by the department; 4. the violation or violations that occurred; and, 5. the penalty which has been imposed by the department.   JUSTIFICATION: The Department's Division of Food Safety and Inspection has jurisdiction over approximately 28,000 food handling establishments and conducts a variety of activities including sanitary inspections of food manufactur- ers, wholesale bakeries, beverage processors, warehouses, retail food stores (supermarket to small retailers), slaughterhouses not regulated by USDA and other food businesses. Additional activities include inves- tigation of consumer complaints, licensing of establishments, seizure of unfit or adulterated foods, and food labeling and advertising evalu- ations and inspections. Enforcement includes civil penalties, license revocations, and hearings. In addition to the sanitary and labeling inspections, the Department also regulates and enforces the State's Kosher food laws. Information about violations of the State's food and consumer protection laws, including Kosher regulation, is currently made available to the public upon request. In addition, for certain violations, the informa- tion that a business has failed an inspection must be posted on the premises. Posting the inspection results on a government website, such as the Department's or Open New York, would provide easier access to violation information to the public, especially for food purchased when the consumer doesn't physically visit the establishment where it was produced or sold. This information is consistent with the goal of the Executive Order launching Open NY to make useful government data easily available to New Yorkers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Sixty days.
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