Bill S4793-2013

Relates to an exemption from the small food processing licensing requirements for pickling

Relates to an exemption from the small food processing licensing requirements for pickling.

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  • Mar 11, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - Jun 4, 2013
Ayes (10): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Valesky, Young, Gipson, Serrano, Tkaczyk
Absent (1): Montgomery
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - Mar 11, 2014
Ayes (11): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Valesky, Young, Gipson, Montgomery, Serrano, Tkaczyk

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4793

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to an exemption from the small food processing licensing requirements for pickling

PURPOSE: This bill would direct the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to include pickling within the purview of the "Home Processor" exemption to the food processor licensing requirements.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 251-z-4 of the Agriculture and Markets Law to require the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets provide by regulation for the inclusion of pickling under the "Home Processor" exemption to the food processor licensing requirements if he or she determines that the protection of the consumers of the state as a whole will not be impaired by such action.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently many farmers take advantage of the so called "Home Processor" exemption from the licensing requirements placed upon food processors, to turn surplus fruits into jams or jellies. However this exemption does not currently extend to the pickling of vegetables. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to include pickling under the exemption if he or she determines that the protection of the consumers of the state as a whole will not be impaired by such action.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date, are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4793 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 24, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to an exemption from the small food processing licensing requirements for pickling THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 251-z-4 of the agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 863 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows: S 251-z-4. Exemptions. In addition to the exemptions specified in subdivision three of section two hundred fifty-one-z-two OF THIS ARTICLE, the commissioner [may] SHALL, if he OR SHE determines that the protection of the consumers of the state as a whole will not be impaired by such action, provide by regulation for exemption from licensing of small food processing establishments, FOR THE PROCESSING OF FOOD BY MEANS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PICKLING, when he OR SHE finds that such exemptions would avoid unnecessary regulation and assist in the administration of this article without impairing its purposes. Regu- lations defining such exemptions may classify exempted establishments with respect to the volume and types of food handled, the types of proc- essing involved, or with respect to any other factor or combination thereof which bear a reasonable relation to the purposes of this arti- cle. Such exemptions may be conditioned upon requirements relating to sanitation, record keeping and reporting as the commissioner may require. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date, are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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