New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Coloring Matter, Dairy Terms, Size of Package, Labeling, False Advertising
62. Coloring matter, dairy terms, size of package, labeling, false advertising. No person, manufacturing with intent to sell, any substance or article to be used as a substitute for cheese and which is not made exclusively from unadulterated milk or cream or both, with or without salt or rennet or both but into which any animal, intestinal or offal fats, or any oils or fats or oleaginous substance of any kind not produced from pure, unadulterated milk or cream, or into which melted butter, or butter in any condition or state or any modification of the same, or lard or tallow shall be introduced, shall add thereto or combine therewith any annatto or compounds of the same, or any other substance or substances whatever, for the purpose or with the effect of imparting thereto a color resembling yellow, or any shade of yellow cheese, nor introduce any such coloring matter or other substance into any of the articles of which the same is composed. No person manufacturing, selling or offering for sale any oleaginous substance not made from pure milk or cream from the same, designed to take the place of butter, shall make or sell the same under any brand, device or label bearing words indicative of cows or the product of the dairy or the names of breeds of cows or cattle, nor use terms indicative of processes in the dairy in making or preparing butter; no oleaginous substance not made from pure milk or cream from the same, designed to take the place of butter, shall hereafter be sold, offered or exposed for sale in this state unless (1) such substance is packaged, (2) the net weight of the contents of any package thereof sold in a retail establishment is one pound or less, (3) there appears on the label of the package (a) the word “oleomargarine” or “margarine” in type or lettering at least as large as any lettering on such label, (b) a statement of the net weight of the contents of the package, and
(c) a full and accurate statement of the ingredients contained in such substance, and
(4) each part of the contents of the package is contained in a wrapper which bears the words “oleomargarine” or “margarine” in type or lettering not smaller than twenty point type. No person, firm, association or corporation shall, in connection or association with the sale or exposure for sale, advertisement, or on the package, of any substance designed to be used as a substitute for butter, represent or suggest by any means whatever that such substance is a dairy product, except that nothing herein contained shall prevent an accurate statement of any of the ingredients contained in such substance.