SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY RAW MILK REGULATIONS
Creates a 9 member commission to be known as the "Commission to Study Raw Milk Regulations" and whose purpose would be to review all raw milk regulations and make recommendations and who would report back by January 2, 2018, and expire on March 2, 2018.
2017-02-15: Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
2017-03-31: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/05/2017)
2017-04-05: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2017-06-26: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/28/2017)
2017-06-28: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
2017-06-29: Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar (06/29/2017)
2017-06-29: Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar (06/30/2017)
2017-06-30: Senate passed Sub A
Changes since original draft
2017 – S 0247
S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
A N A C T
RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - RAW MILK
Introduced By: Senators Kettle, P Fogarty, Sosnowski, Morgan, and Archambault
Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
Referred To: Senate Environment & Agriculture
It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Title 21 of the General Laws entitled "FOOD AND DRUGS" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
RAW MILK ACT
21-4.2-1. Short title.
This chapter shallbe known and may be cited as the "Raw Milk Act".
21-4.2-2. Authority of milk commission.
The milk commission shall establish, amend or repeal rules and regulations for the handling and sale of raw milk within the state, provided such rules and regulations are consistent with those established pursuant to chapter 4.1 of title 21.
21-4.2-3. Rules for handling and sale.
Notwithstanding any provision of the general or public laws or rule or regulation to the contrary, the standards and sanitation requirements for Grade A raw milk shall include the following:
(1) The date on the container of retail raw milk shall indicate the last date on which the container may be offered for sale. There shall be a five (5) day maximum period for the sale of retail raw milk which shall commence from the time of filling. The five (5) day maximum period may be shortened by the milk commission if the commission deems such modification to be in the best interest of the consumer.
(2) The name of the product is "raw cow's milk" or "raw goat's milk" and shall be so plainly labeled. The label shall contain the name, address and zip code of the producing farm.
(3) All retail containers of raw cow's or goat's milk shall be conspicuously labeled with the following statement: "Raw milk is not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys organisms that may be harmful to human health." The minimum size of the printed words shall not be less than one-eighth inch (1/8") in height or twice the height of any other lettering in the label, whichever is greater.
(4) A sign must be posted in the area where the raw milk is sold and placed in a location where it can be easily observed by anyone entering therein. Such sign shallnot be less than eight by eleven inches (8" x 11") in total dimension and shall display the following statement: "Raw milk is not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys organisms that may be harmful to human health." The minimum size of the printed words shall not be less than one-half inch (1/2") in height, with the words "not pasteurized" being not less than one inch (1") in height.
21-4.2-4. License to sell raw milk.
No person, except a producer or dealer selling milk to other than consumers, selling not more than twenty (20) quarts per day to consumers, shall deliver, exchange, expose for sale or sell or have in their custody or possession with intent to do so, any milk or cream, without first obtaining a permit in accordance with §21-2-7.
21-4.2-5. Penalties for violations.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for the first offense; a fine of two hundred dollars ($200) for a second offense; and a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) for a third or subsequent offense.
SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
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BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T
RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - RAW MILK
This act would establish procedures and standards promulgated by the milk commission for the handling and sale of raw milk in the state and would provide civil fines for violations.
This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001077 ========
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