New York Agriculture & Markets Law

Sec. § 160-V
Dumping of Certain Agricultural Products; Prohibited


No person, firm, partnership, corporation or association that sells, offers for sale or distributes any food product shall dump, or otherwise discard in a manner reasonably and causally connected to the contamination of food, any cull or waste pile consisting of any agricultural product not produced in this state, including, but not limited to, vegetables, fruits and other like produce falling below the official standard or grade of quality for such product. After consultation with the New York state college of agriculture and life sciences at Cornell university, the commissioner shall identify establishments and practices most susceptible to threats from out of state products, and promulgate rules and regulations for the proper disposal of any such cull or waste pile in such cases, provided that such regulations include options for landfill disposal, composting and deep burial.


Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who knowingly violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars for the first offense and one thousand dollars for a second and each subsequent offense. If site clean-up or decontamination is deemed necessary by the commissioner as a result of a violation of this section, the offender shall also be subject to a fine equal to the sum of any and all expenses incurred in the clean-up or decontamination of such dumping site and the costs reasonably related to recalling any contaminated food distributed in the marketplace.

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