SB 221-FN - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 221-FN
AN ACT relative to food safety.
SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Kotowski, Merr. 24; Rep. M. McCarthy, Hills. 29; Rep. Bixby, Straf. 17
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
AN ACT relative to food safety.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
130:3 Inspection of Food Products. The inspectors shall investigate food manufacturing processes and food products offered, or to be offered, for sale in this state, and may take samples of food for examination at the laboratories of the department of health and human services. The department may determine the focus and frequency of inspections and sampling and shall use a risk-based approach in consideration of available resources to prioritize inspections and sampling.
143:4 Inspections. The department of health and human services or its inspectors, or special agents designated for that purpose, shall have full power and authority at all times to enter and inspect every building, room, or other place occupied or used for the production, storage, sale, or distribution of food, and all utensils and appurtenances relating thereto. The department may determine the focus and frequency of inspections and shall use a risk-based approach in consideration of available resources to prioritize inspections.
143-A:5 Exemptions. The following establishments and events shall be exempt from departmental licensure and inspection under this chapter, except that the department may inspect when the department has reason to suspect an imminent health hazard as defined in RSA 143-A:3, IV-b:
II. Within 45 days of issuance of a provisional license issued under this section or RSA 143-A:8, the commissioner [shall] may, if deemed necessary, conduct an inspection. If following such inspection the commissioner determines that the applicant's operation and facilities are sufficient under rules adopted under RSA 143-A:9, the commissioner shall issue to the applicant a license valid for a time period of one year following the date of issuance of the provisional license. Notwithstanding RSA 541-A, any individual denied a full license at the end of the 90-day period shall immediately shut down his or her establishment, unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
III. Upon receipt of an application for renewal of a license from an existing food service establishment or retail food store, the commissioner may, if deemed necessary, conduct an inspection. If the commissioner determines that the applicant's operation and facilities are sufficient under rules adopted under RSA 143-A:9, the commissioner shall issue to the applicant a new license valid for one year.
V. The commissioner shall charge a fee for each license application processed[,] and for each plan review conducted[, and for each inspection performed]; provided that the commissioner shall charge only one fee for the provisional license and the license.
II. Homestead food operations selling less than a maximum annual gross sales of $20,000 of food, excluding potentially hazardous food, from the homestead residence, at the owner's own farm stand, at farmers' markets, or at retail food stores are exempt from licensure and departmental inspection under this subdivision, except that the department may inspect when the department has reason to suspect an imminent health hazard as defined in RSA 143-A:3, IV-b.
I. A licensed restaurant may purchase uninspected, processed, whole poultry or rabbits from unlicensed rabbit producers or federally exempt poultry producers who provide proof of compliance with the registration and educational requirements of this subdivision. All packaging containing uninspected poultry and rabbits shall be clearly labeled to include, but not be limited to, the following information: the name and address of the farm where the product originates and the date of slaughter.
143-A:16 Producer Requirements.
I. A federally exempt poultry producer may, in a calendar year, sell to licensed restaurants uninspected, processed whole poultry that the producer has raised in a quantity not to exceed the federal limit established in 21 U.S.C. section 464 and [a] an unlicensed rabbit producer may, in a calendar year, sell to licensed restaurants up to 1,000 uninspected, processed whole rabbits that the producer has raised, provided all of the following conditions are met:
[I.] (a) The producer is current with all educational requirements that are established by the commissioner in consultation with the commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food relative to proper methods of slaughtering, processing, packaging, and storing poultry or rabbit on the farm and its subsequent transport to restaurants; and
[II.] (b) The producer has registered with the department of agriculture, markets, and food by providing his or her name, the name and address of the farm, and phone number, to allow for trace back in the event of disease outbreak. Such registry information shall be protected pursuant to RSA 436:6-a.
II. The department may inspect these exempt products when the department has reason to suspect an imminent health hazard as defined in RSA 143-A:3, IV-b.
143:8 Disposal of Fines. All fines collected for the violation of RSA 143 [and 145] shall be paid to the state.
III. Annual graduated license fees shall be set by rules adopted by the commissioner, pursuant to RSA 541-A[, and shall be based on the administrative costs associated with the licensing and regulation of milk plants, milk distributors and milk producer-distributors]. Any licensee who qualifies in more than one licensing category shall be required to pay only a single license fee, but shall meet all sanitary requirements established for each separate licensing category.
I. RSA 130:2, relative to inspection of meat.
II. RSA 143:29, relative to registration by nonresident vendors.
III. RSA 145, relative to cold storage.
Approved: June 02, 2017
Effective Date: July 01, 2017
|Feb. 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 15, 2017||House||Hearing|
|March 22, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 19, 2017||Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 5|
|Feb. 7, 2017||Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:30 pm; SC 9|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/16/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 10|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/16/2017; SJ 6|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 8 P. 46|
|March 15, 2017||Public Hearing: 03/15/2017 10:45 AM LOB 205|
|March 22, 2017||Executive Session: 03/22/2017 09:00 AM LOB 205|
|April 20, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/20/2017 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 20 P. 5|
|April 20, 2017||Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 7|
|April 20, 2017||Enrolled 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 26|
|April 27, 2017||Enrolled (In recess 04/27/2017); SJ 16|
|July 1, 2017||Signed by the Governor on 06/02/2017; Chapter 0087; Effective 07/01/2017|