Bill Text: NY A05176 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the creation of a thirteen member advisory board within the department of agriculture and markets on food safety and inspection programs; such board is to advise, counsel and confer with the commissioner of agriculture and markets on matters dealing with enforcement of laws and regulations regarding food safety and protection and shall make recommendations regarding any necessary statutory or regulatory changes.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s5387 [A05176 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05176-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 7, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. COOK, ORTIZ, D'URSO, OTIS, BLAKE -- Multi-Spon-
          sored by -- M. of A.  COLTON,  DINOWITZ,  GLICK,  GOTTFRIED,  GUNTHER,
          RIVERA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to creating
          an advisory board on food safety protection and inspection programs in
          the department of agriculture and markets
          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 26-a to read as follows:
     3    §  26-a.  Advisory  board  on  department  food  safety protection and
     4  inspection programs.  1.  There is hereby established in the  department
     5  an  advisory  board on food safety protection and inspection which shall
     6  consist of thirteen members.  Seven members shall be  appointed  by  the
     7  governor, including at least two representatives, with expertise in food
     8  safety, from New York state research universities, one representative of
     9  the  retail  food industry, one representative of the food manufacturing
    10  or processing industry, and one farmer.  The speaker of the assembly and
    11  the temporary president of the senate shall each have two  appointments.
    12  Each  shall  appoint  a  member  who  is a consumer or representative of
    13  consumer interests and each will appoint a member representing the  food
    14  industry.    The  minority  leaders of the assembly and the senate shall
    15  each have one appointment.  In addition, representatives of the  follow-
    16  ing  agencies shall be invited to attend and participate in all meetings
    17  of the advisory board and, at their option, shall be ex officio members:
    18    (a) a county or municipal health department;
    19    (b) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration;
    20    (c) the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service;
    21  and
    22    (d) the New York State Department of Health.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    2. It shall be the duty of the advisory board  hereby  established  to
     2  advise, counsel and confer with the commissioner on matters of policy in
     3  connection  with  the  administration  and enforcement of laws and regu-
     4  lations relating to food safety.  The advisory board shall  specifically
     5  examine  the  adequacy  of  food safety protection and inspection by the
     6  department and recommend necessary changes in administration and  staff-
     7  ing   levels  of  food  safety  enforcement  activities  to  ensure  the
     8  protection of the public's health.   The  advisory  board  shall  review
     9  existing  and proposed state food safety laws and regulations and recom-
    10  mend to the commissioner, and the assembly and senate  chairmen  of  the
    11  agriculture  and  health  committees,  necessary changes or additions to
    12  laws, regulations and department programs to improve food safety and the
    13  effectiveness of the department's food safety inspection and enforcement
    14  activities.
    15    3. The commissioner may detail from time to time to the assistance  of
    16  the  advisory board such employees of the department as the commissioner
    17  deems necessary and shall provide necessary information  and  space  for
    18  meetings  of  the advisory board.   The advisory board shall adopt rules
    19  and regulations to govern its proceedings and keep a record of its meet-
    20  ings and recommendations.
    21    4. The advisory board shall meet at the call of the  commissioner  and
    22  at  such  other times as it may deem necessary and at such places as may
    23  be convenient.   An initial meeting shall be  held  within  thirty  days
    24  after all appointments to such board are completed.
    25    §  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
    26  the appointments to the advisory board on the department of  agriculture
    27  and markets food safety protection and inspection programs authorized by
    28  section 26-a of the agriculture and markets law, as added by section one
    29  of  this  act,  shall  be completed within 180 days after this act shall
    30  have become a law.